Women’s Soccer Defeats Madonna 3-0 Wednesday Afternoon
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
In a rain-interrupted contest at Calvin’s Zuidema soccer field, the Calvin women’s soccer team continued its unbeaten streak and prevailed in a 3-0 shut-out over the Madonna Crusaders.
After trading opportunities in the early stages of the game, Carly Prins knocked a header into the top shelf of the goal to put Calvin up a score over the Crusaders of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. Prins’ header came in the 17th minute on the receiving end of a driven Lauren Heyboer corner kick from the right wing. That goal was all the Knights would have needed, but they didn’t stop there.
Perhaps the most effective weapon in slowing down the Knights was the weather. With just under 14 minutes remaining in the first half, the game was postponed for a half hour due to thunder.
Sophomore striker Kara Zondervan added to the Knights total with the first goal of her collegiate career, assisted by freshman Jillian Honderd and Elaine Schnabel. Early in the second half, Schnabel delivered a cross from the right flank, Honderd contributed a touch inside the box, and Zondervan redirected the ball into the side panel of the goal to score the second goal of the game.
Schnabel completed the trio of scores with an unassisted strike from just inside the box in the 78th minute.
Defensively, the Knights conceded a few threatening chances to the Crusaders, but goalkeeper Kayla Sulzer came off her line with a diving save twice to preserve a clean score-sheet.
Despite the convincing final score, Coach Mark Recker saw plenty of opportunity for improvement.
“I didn’t think we were sharp. There were periods when we gave good effort and we capitalized on some chances,” said Recker. He did see some energy from his team. “When energy is there, good things happen,” he added.
Zondervan echoed her coach’s sentiments, “We were a little sloppy, but this year our team is pretty good at finishing, so it should be a good year,” she said.
Calvin will have a day to prepare before an action-packed weekend of play. On Friday, the 24th ranked Knights host sixth-ranked Denison. And on Saturday, both the men’s and women’s teams play Kenyon, Ohio. A contest with fifth-ranked Wheaton also looms on the Knight’s nonconference schedule.
Coach Recker said of this difficult stretch of games, “We arrange the schedule so the team has measuring sticks in competition. Each game shows some limitations that you adjust to accordingly. It allows the players to play against the best.”
The victory over Madonna propelled the Knights to 4-0 and dropped the Crusaders to 1-4. The Knights also furthered their 19 game unbeaten streak at their home which dates back to September of last year.