Women’s Soccer Falls in National Quarterfinals 2-1 to Washington University (MO)
Saturday, November 21, 2009
(written by sports information student assistant Andrew Knot)
ROCK ISLAND, IL - The Calvin women’s soccer team fell 2-1 to Washington University on Saturday evening on the campus in Rock Island, Ill on the campus of Augustana College.
Calvin drew first blood in the late stages of the first half, with an Emily Ottenhoff set piece finding the head of Carly Prins, a recipe that has garnered much success for the Knights in postseason play. But WashU equalized with immediacy, knotting the score at 1-1 just 37 seconds later.
The Bears charged down the field and Becca Heymann was able to drill a shot into the top-shelf and level the score at one. The teams entered half-time tied at one, each looking for the extra effort to put them over the top.
Twelve minutes into the second half, Washington found that effort. Lee Ann Felder then ushered a ball into the goal after a Caryn Rosoff cross was sent tight on the goal line, giving the Bears a 2-1 lead.
After surrendering that lead, Calvin was able to muster up a few legitimate chances on net, but unable to find the back of the net on a few occasions in the second half.
The loss capped a historic season of extremes for the Knights. After a deflating, and seemingly eliminating loss in the semifinal round of MIAA tournament play, Calvin was able to rebound and advance the furthest any Calvin team has advanced, matched only by the Knights’ 2006 campaign. This hard fought effort lead Calvin to the elite eight, outscoring opponents 7-1 in that stretch. Calvin’s momentum-fueled rush in postseason play has sealed the season as a success.
With this season class bookending their college careers with elite eight appearances, Coach Mark Recker had nothing but good things to say about them.
“A program’s success is a measure of what each class gives back and these seniors have left a strong and long lasting impression in the program,” said Recker. He continued, “We have nothing to be ashamed of or to hang our heads over. This group succeeded and did so in a way that they should be proud of.”