Women’s Soccer Gains 1-0 Win at Olivet Behind Second Half Goal From Paige Capel
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Olivet Sports Information
OLIVET - The Calvin women’s soccer team traveled to Olivet Tuesday afternoon to face the Comets. The Knights avoided the upset, escaping with a 1-0 win.
Calvin (4-2, 3-1 MIAA) dominated possession and shots in the first half, but could not break the tie. The Knights outshot Olivet (0-9, 0-5 MIAA) 9-5 in the first half and earned more corner kicks by a 5-2 margin.
The Knights opened up the second half on fire. After several corner kicks and shots wide in the first ten minutes, junior Kelly Koets (Grandville/Calvin Christian) narrowly missed a goal, hitting the woodwork. The ball then found the feet of freshmen Taylor Ten Harmsel on the nearside. She crossed the ball into Olivet’s box. It squirted through a couple of Comet defenders, right to sophomore Paige Capel (Hudsonville/Unity Christian). Capel simply tapped the ball in, netting her third goal of the season.
“Taylor crossed the ball in from the corner,” Capel said. “It somehow got through the defenders, and all I had to do was touch it in.”
Capel nearly scored a minute later, ripping a shot that was saved by Olivet goalkeeper Deanna Zolnoski.
Olivet could muster a single shot in the second half, while Calvin had 13. This meant the Knights outshot the Comets 22-6 in the entire contest. Calvin took 13 corner kicks, while Olivet took two.
This win puts the Knights tied for second place in the MIAA with Hope and Saint Mary’s.
“We weren’t as sharp as we normally are mentally or physically,” Calvin head coach Mark Recker said. “It’s the first road win for our young team this season. We need to prepare for a tough game Thursday.”
Calvin will travel to Saint Mary’s to take on the Belles Thursday. The game is scheduled for 4 p.m.