Women’s Soccer Records Dramatic 3-2 Double OT Win Over Alma - Takes Over First in MIAA
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin women’s soccer team played host to the Scots of Alma College in a meeting of the top two MIAA teams. Looking to avenge a 3-2 loss in the game at Alma earlier this season, the Knights flipped the script at Zuidema Field, earning a 3-2 win in overtime.
Calvin, recently re-entering the national polls, fell behind early. Freshman Brianna Russell scored in the 13th minute to give the Scots a 1-0 lead.
Just two minutes later, Russell won a head ball in the box off a cross and put it into the back of the net for a 2-0 Alma advantage.
Despite a 2-0 lead for the Scots, the teams were equal in shots at the half with 10 apiece. Calvin held a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.
In the second half, Calvin began to pressure the Alma net, forcing the Scots keeper into a pair of saves.
Finally, in the 71st minute, the Knights broke through.
Collecting the ball off a rebound from a corner kick, senior Danielle Carter (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) rifled a shot from the top of the box that was redirected into the net by freshman Kailey Jo (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), energizing the Knights and cutting the Alma advantage to 2-1.
Calvin continued to threaten, earning corner kick after corner kick.
In the 87th minute, another corner kick was sent into the box by sophomore Sydney Kinney (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS). Senior Heidi Scholten (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) then headed the ball on to Kailey Jo, who found an opening in the defense and slotted the ball through to tie the game at 2-2, and send it into overtime.
After a scoreless first overtime period, Calvin sealed the deal in the second. Again, it was Jo who found the back of the net. Receiving another flick on from Scholten off a cross by senior Kelly Koets (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS), Jo shot the ball through a scrum of players for her second goal of the game and the game winner, earning Calvin a 3-2 victory in the 107th minute of play.
The Knights held a 25-13 shots advantage and 11-4 corner kicks advantage by the end of the game. Senior keeper Ashton Hearn (Port Huron/Port Huron Northern HS) made six saves in net to earn the win.
To Alma’s credit, they brought a lot of energy that first half, jumped on us, and scored two goals. (At that point), it was gut check time, said head coach Mark Recker. I told the players that resolve is the key ingredient which separates good teams from great teams. I think today, they showed a lot of resolve.
Now ranked 18th in the National Soccer Coaches Division III Top 25 poll and 21st in the D3soccer.com Top 25 poll, Calvin moves into first place in the MIAA at 7-1-1 and 10-1-1 overall, while Alma moves to 7-5-0 and 7-2-0 in conference, one point behind the Knights.