Women’s Soccer Moves Back into First Place in MIAA Standings With 3-0 Win Over Saint Mary’s
Saturday, October 19, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Coming off a tie against the top-ranked team in the country this past Tuesday, the 18th ranked Calvin women’s soccer team looked to continue its undefeated streak against the Belles of Saint Mary’s. Since a 3-2 loss against Alma to open up their MIAA season, the Knights have gone 8-0-2, tying #1 Wheaton and Saint Mary’s.
In Calvin’s first contest against the Belles, the Knights played to a 0-0 draw despite holding a 21-9 shots advantage and a 10-2 edge in corner kicks.
On Saturday, Calvin was able to beat the Belles for a goal in the first half, opening up the Saint Mary’s defense in the second. That opening allowed for a pair of insurance goals for the Knights en route to a 3-0 victory.
Neither team saw any strong chances on net until the 31st minute when sophomore Taylor TenHarmsel took a pass from senior Heidi Scholten at the top of the box. Taking one step to her right to open up space around her defender, TenHarmsel took a shot that beat the Belles keeper to the lower left corner of the net to give the Knights a 1-0 lead.
The Knights were able to rattle off a few more shots in the first half, but none threatened the Belles keeper and Calvin took the 1-0 lead into halftime.
The Knights held a 6-2 shots advantage in the first half of play.
Out of the break, TenHarmsel had a strong shot on net in the 58th minute that looked to be heading for the back of the goal before Saint Mary’s goalie Chanler Rosenbaum made a diving save.
Calvin added an insurance goal just minutes later. In the 65th minute, senior Danielle Carter out-jumped the Belles defense on a corner kick from sophomore Sydney Kinney and hit the bottom left corner of the net, giving the Knights a 2-0 advantage.
Senior Kelly Koets closed out the scoring just over ten minutes later, collecting a ball in the box and blasting a shot past the Saint Mary’s keeper for a 3-0 Calvin lead.
Calvin senior keeper Ashton Hearn made a couple of key plays in the final 15 minutes, twice coming off her line to steal the ball off the foot of a Belles attacker and seal a Knights victory.
Calvin earned a 15-5 shots advantage by the end of the game while both teams had three corner kicks. Hearn made one save in net to earn the clean sheet for the Knights.
“I think you have to attack (Saint Mary’s defense) in certain ways,” said head coach Mark Recker. “They have two solid center backs. You can’t play indecisive balls, you can’t play lazy balls, and you really have to make (their center backs) commit to the play and play around them. Over the past couple days, we’d been specifically practicing some means of attacking (this defense). Taylor’s goal, the whole passing sequence, was really what we had trained.”
Calvin improves to 9-1-1 in the MIAA, retaking the top spot from Alma, and 12-1-2 overall. Saint Mary’s drops to 6-6-3 overall and 4-4-3 in conference play.
The Knights now look forward to Tuesday when they will travel to Albion for a 4:00 p.m. contest against the Britons.