Women’s Soccer Shuts Out DePauw 2-0
Friday, September 10, 2010
(Written by Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice)
Calvin upped its record to 4-1 on the year Friday evening early on in the 2010 campaign as the Knights rolled to a 2-0 victory over DePauw University. A young team with key senior leadership, Calvin has looked composed and has shown a lot of talent thus far this year, and Friday’s match was no different.
The game started out with a major Calvin advantage as the Knights looked to score early and often. DePauw played on its heels for a large portion of the first half, but managed to hold Calvin scoreless despite being outshot and out played in nearly every facet of the game.
“Seniors are familiar with the expectations,” Calvin coach Mark Recker said afterwards, “especially with the pace of play, and when you have the consistency in terms of level of performance, it’s the best teacher for the freshmen class.”
Calvin did manage to grab a goal late in the half, with just under two minutes to play, on a nice finish from freshman winger Brittany Hieftje (Holland, MI). Senior Elaine Schnabel (Chesterton, IN) received a pass and looked to shoot, but her pass went luckily wide and right to the head of Hieftje, who coolly headed the ball into the back of the net.
“You have to be thrilled with the talent and ability of our incoming freshmen,” Recker said. “We’ve really thrown them into the fire on defense and each one of them is stepping up sufficiently.”
Calvin held a 16-3 shot advantage at the break, with nine of those shots being on goal. The second half proved to be a bit more hard fought as the Tigers held Calvin’s offense at bay for large portions, but the Knights did grab another goal in the 63rd minute when sophomore Jillian Honderd (Hudsonville, MI) took a brilliant run down the right wing into the box. After beating multiple DePauw defenders, Honderd clipped a nice pass across the goal mouth and senior Stephanie Malburg (Grand Rapids, MI) easily tapped it in for the second goal.
“Every year we talk about efficiency when we have opportunities,” Recker said. “You like to convert when the opportunities are there.”
“It’s still early and today’s outcome was a real blessing,” Recker continued. “and today we learned we have to be efficient with opportunities.”
Calvin finished the game with a 19-9 shot advantage, again showing their dominance as the Knights prepare for league play. The next action for Calvin comes Saturday when they host Wheaton College at 5 p.m. in another showcasing of two soccer powerhouses.