Women’s Soccer Picks Up 4-0 Win at Hope - Carly Prins Nets Hat Trick
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
(written by sports information student assistant Mitch Blankespoor)
HOLLAND, MI - The Calvin College Women’s Soccer team came into Van Andel Soccer Stadium looking to defeat the Hope College Flying Dutch for the eighth straight time. They did just that defeating the Dutch 4-0 in Tuesday night.
Calvin opened up the scoring early as Carly Prins, a senior out of Unity Christian, scored with a crafty chip shot from 18 yards out in the 6th minute. Calvin maintained possession throughout the early portions of the first half. The second goal for the Knights again came off of Carly Prins’ foot as she found the back corner of the net in the 27th minute. Calvin had to wait only seven more minutes to go up 3-0. Francesca Smith hit a firecracker from inside the box that hit off the crossbar and found the back of the net.
“Hope pushed early in the 2nd half. We had to play a bit more defensively so we didn’t give up a goal. The defense did not give up many chances in the first half” Calvin head coach Mark Recker said.
The second half was not near as exciting as the first half. Carly Prins found the net for the third time scoring her 2nd hat trick in as many weeks. That gave Calvin their fourth and final goal.
“Carly has worked hard during her four years at Calvin. She has worked very hard on finishing and being more of an offensive producer. I always told her to just get the ball on frame no matter how ugly it looks” said Recker of his senior midfielder.
Calvin outshot the Dutch 21-12 in the contest. Calvin held a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks as well.
This win puts Calvin at 11-2-2 on the year, 4-1-1 in the MIAA. Calvin returns to action when they travel to Albion to face the Scots on Saturday.
Tuesday’s game was the 39th meeting between Calvin and Hope in women’s soccer. Calvin leads the all-time series with Hope 27-9-3. Calvin has outscored Hope 103-39 in the series all-time. Calvin has now posted four consecutive shutout victories against Hope.