Women’s Soccer Falls to Loras in Second Round of NCAA Tournament
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Story by Mark DeHaan/Photo Courtesy of Loras Sports Information
A night after upsetting Aurora University in the first round of the Division III national tournament, the Calvin women’s soccer team looked to upset host Loras College Saturday night in Dubuque, Iowa.
Calvin almost netted a goal in the 7th minute. Senior Liz Cancel, attempting to place a cross into the middle of the box, put a pass off the back of a Loras defender that deflected toward the net. The Duhawks keeper, anticipating a cross, was coming out of her net but kept the deflected ball out of the net by swatting at the ball with her right hand and getting a touch on it.
Unfortunately for Calvin, it was Loras who would score first. In the 12th minute, Duhawks forward Katie Truesdale beat a Knights defender then slipped the ball into the net past a charging Ashton Hearn to give Loras the 1-0 advantage.
Kelly Koets tied the game in the 16th minute when she took a shot from 30 yards out that beat the Loras keeper upper-90.
Loras responded just minutes later as the Duhawks were awarded a free kick at the top of Calvin’s box. Duhawks forward Hilary Wilson then put a shot through the Calvin wall and into the back of the net to give Loras another one goal advantage at 2-1.
Freshman Paige Capel had a strong chance on net in the 36th minute as she was able to break through into the Loras box. Capel’s first touch was too far, however, and the Duhawks keeper was able to charge and meet Capel at the ball, preventing any shot on net.
Despite the halftime deficit, Calvin matched Loras shot-for-shot as each team tallied seven shots in the opening half.
Loras increased its advantage just minutes into the second half as Katie Truesdale scored her second goal of the game to give the Duhawks a 3-1 lead.
In the 60th minute, Loras all but sealed the win as they put a fourth goal into the back of the net to push its advantage to 4-1.
Freshman Paige Capel cut into the Duhawks lead in the 80th minute with her second goal in two games on a pass from freshman Taylor TenHarmsel.
Unfortunately, Calvin could not add to its two goal total, and fell to Loras 4-2. The loss is the final game in the careers of seniors Francesca Smith and Liz Cancel.
“Loras had a lot of energy, played very direct and very physical,” said head coach Mark Recker. “We kept on battling, we got the second goal and I think we had a couple other chances we just didn’t convert. It has been an unbelievable season, and one that they will celebrate in the future, it’s just very tough right now to accept what happened.”
The women’s soccer team finishes the year 16-5-1. Calvin was the MIAA regular season and tournament champion despite being picked to finish fifth in the preseason poll.