Women’s soccer gains 11-0 win over Albion - busy slate of games up ahead
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Story By Mark DeHaan
Photo by Paul Evans
Calvin women’s soccer played host to Albion Saturday afternoon in the first game of a women’s-men’s soccer doubleheader. The Knights took the first match of the doubleheader, defeating the Britons 11-0.
Calvin started scoring early and often as freshman Paige Capel scored the Knights first goal a minute and half into the match. Senior Liz Cancel added a second goal just over a minute later, her third on the year. Freshman Taylor TenHarmsel joined in on the scoring in the 13th minute with a beautiful left footed shot from the top of the box into the top right corner to push the Knights advantage to 3-0.
Calvin held the 3-0 advantage for the next 25 minutes before junior Danielle Carter made it 4-0 on a redirect off a corner kick. Senior Francesca Smith added a fifth goal before the end of the half to make Calvin’s advantage 5-0 heading into half.
Out of the break, TenHarmsel added her second goal of the match in the 47th minutes. Junior Kelly Koets added to the scoring in the 56th minute to push the lead to 7-0. Smith added her second goal of the match and third of the season to make the Knight’s advantage to 8-0. Freshmen Christina Drost and Abigail Ploeg each scored their first collegiate goals just minutes later to make the score 10-0. Junior Heidi Scholten scored the game’s final goal in the 72nd minute on a beautiful header off a cross from Elle Burman.
Of Calvin’s eleven goals, nine were assisted. Calvin outshot the Britons 34-0 while earning a 17-0 corner kick edge. Junior Ashton Hearn, sophomore Lauren Merz, and freshman Leesha Gunnink all played in net to earn the clean sheet for the Knights.
Calvin moves to 3-2 and 2-1 in the MIAA while dropping the Britons to 0-6-1 overall and 0-2-1 in conference.
“For us, (this game) was about staying disciplined,” said head coach Mark Recker. “Throughout the whole course of the match, we were very good at holding line, and you could see the flow of our game once we maintained that positional integrity. For me, that’s a step forward for us. Now we have some challenges next week, and hopefully we exhibit (this play) at a faster pace and with the same discipline.”
The Knights now look forward to a busy week where they will play at Olivet on Tuesday, at Saint Mary’s on Thursday, and home against Adrian on Saturday.