Women’s Soccer Nipped by Wash. U.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
GRAND RAPIDS—In a meeting of nationally-ranked teams, Calvin suffered a hard-fought 1-0 defeat to Washington University of St. Louis Saturday afternoon at Calvin’s Zuidema Field. Ranked 11th in the most recent Division III Coaches poll, Calvin falls to 6-2 on the year while Washington, ranked 20th in the latest coaches’ poll improves to 5-2 on the season.
Calvin outshot Wash U. 7-5 including 5-1 in the first half. The Knights also took four corner kicks in the first half but could not dent the Washington net. Calvin’s best chance came midway through the first half when junior Mindy Capisciolto (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) flicked a shot from the top of the box that appeared headed for the top corner of the net but was deflected on a quick stab by Wash U. freshman goalkeeper Clara Jaques. Capisciolto was able to head back a rebound shot but Jaques responded with another quick save.
Wash U. then broke through for the only goal of the game in the 65th minute of play when striker Emma Brown broke free into the Calvin box on a spin dribble, whirled and fired a left-footed shot just over the outstretched hands of Calvin senior goalkeeper Kayla Sulzer (St. Charles, MO/Whitfield HS).
Wash U. also stepped up the physical nature of the match as the Bears were whistled for 13 second half fouls to the four of Calvin. In the first half, Calvin was whistled for six fouls to the three of Wash. U.
Jaques finished the match with two saves while Sulzer had one save for Calvin.
The Knights will now break for a week and will returnt to action next Saturday when it travels to nationally-ranked Wheaton (IL) for a 4:00 p.m. (CST) match.