Women’s Soccer Falls at Adrian 3-1 as Bulldogs Score Twice in Final Minutes
Saturday, October 01, 2011
(photo by Sandy Palmatter)
ADRIAN - Calvin suffered a tough 3-1 defeat at Adrian Saturday afternoon. Calvin outshot the host Bulldogs 13-9 but Adrian scored two goals in the final 11 minutes of regulation to seal the win. With the win, Adrian improves to 5-1-0 in the league, one point behind 5-1-1 Alma while Calvin falls to 4-2-0 in the league and is tied with Hope (4-2-0) for fourth place in the league standings with Kalamazoo in third place at 5-2-0.
Adrian took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Lauren Cozzi in the 25th minute of play as she got loose in the Calvin box and slid a shot just inside the near post. Playing with a strong wind at its back, Calvin (4-6-0 overall) gained a corner kick in the 41st minute of play and converted on the play as junior Francesca Smith (Bloomington, IN) took a ball off the corner and served a cross to the far right post that sophomore Kelly Koets (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) was able to redirect into the net to tie the game.
In the second half, Calvin nearly took the lead on a shot in the box by Francesca Smith in the 71st minute of play that was saved by Adrian goalkeeper Chayna Wallace. The Bulldogs then turned to their star sophomore striker Sam Barker and Barker delivered, scoring the game-winning goal with just over 10 minutes left in regulation. On the play, Barker split two defenders and whistled a shot from 20 yards out that tucked just inside the upper right hand corner of the goal. Adrian (7-3-0 overall) then gained an insurance goal in the 86th minute as Cozzi intercepted a goal kick and slipped in a shot for her second score of the game.
Wallace had nine saves for Adrian while freshman Lauren Merz (Spring Lake/Western Michigan Christian HS) had one save for Calvin.
Calvin returns to action next Tuesday when it hosts the Flying Dutch at Hope at 4 p.m. at Zuidema Field.