Women’s Soccer Eliminated From MIAA Tournament With 3-1 Shootout Loss to Kalamazoo
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
GRAND RAPIDS—Calvin’s run through the MIAA Tournament was a short one as the Knights were eliminated in the MIAA Tournament semifinals on Tuesday afternoon by way of a penalty kick shootout. Tuesday’s semifinal contest will go in the books as a 0-0 double-overtime tie but the Hornets (8-6-4) advanced to Saturday’s MIAA Tournament final by defeating Calvin 3-1 in a penalty kick shootout. Kalamazoo will host Albion in Saturday’s MIAA Tournament final with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament. Sixth-seeded Albion defeated second-seeded Adrian 1-0 in overtime in Tuesday’s other semifinal.
Calvin (13-4-1) entered the game as the top seed in the tournament but could not capitalize on its scoring chances, sending the contest into a shootout where the Knights were able to convert only one penalty kick opportunity. Calvin is now 1-6-1 in shootouts including 0-2 in MIAA Tournament play.
In the shootout, Calvin senior goalkeeper Kayla Sulzer (St. Charles, MO/Whitfield HS) came up with two saves but Calvin senior Emily Ottenhoff (Palos Heights, IL/Chicago Christian HS) was the only Knight to successfully convert a penalty. Kalamazoo’s Julia Schroeder converted the clinching penalty, scoring on its sixth attempt in the shootout.
Calvin outshot Kalamazoo 25-6 and nearly broke through for a goal in the 32nd minute on a well-placed cross by junior Elaine Schnabel (Chesterton, IN/Chesterton HS) that was just headed wide of an open net.
In the second half, Ottenhoff looped a free kick into the box that was collected by junior Kelli Honderd (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS). Honderd fired a shot that was cleared off the backline by a Kalamazoo defender.
Calvin later outshot Kalamazoo 3-0 in the first overtime session and 3-1 in the second overtime period.
Sulzer finished the game with three saves for the Knights.
Calvin is now 12-3-2 all-time in MIAA Tournament play including 1-2-1 against Kalamazoo in the tournament.