Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Kalamazoo - Moves Up in MIAA Standings
Saturday, September 28, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Looking to continue to make their way up the MIAA standings, the Calvin women’s soccer team traveled to Kalamazoo to face the Hornets on Saturday. Calvin, holding the fourth overall spot with 10 points heading into the match, trailed Adrian by two points while leading fifth-place Kalamazoo by just one point.
Earning a 4-0 victory over Kalamazoo, Calvin moved into a tie for third place with Hope at 13 points apiece, while a victory by Adrian over Alma tied the Bulldogs and Scots atop the MIAA at 15 points each.
Senior Heidi Scholten put Calvin up early with a goal in the eighth minute.
In the 14th minute, Scholten found herself in another scoring opportunity when she went one-on-one with the Kalamazoo goalkeeper. But, a timely run off the line gave the keeper a great angle, and a shot by Scholten deflected off the keeper and out of bounds.
Despite a majority of possession and a 9-1 shots advantage, the Knights took just the 1-0 lead into halftime.
Out of the break, Calvin added a quick insurance goal as Scholten assisted on a goal by sophomore Taylor TenHarmsel in the 48th minute, TenHarmsel’s seventh goal on the season.
The Knights added to their lead in the 56th minute. Continuing her impressive game, Scholten collected a bouncing ball in the Kalamazoo box and found sophomore Paige Capel in the middle of the field who slotted the pass into the lower left hand corner of the net from 10 yards out to give Calvin a 3-0 advantage.
In the 74th minute, Calvin took a 4-0 lead as TenHarmsel sent a long ball into the middle of the box for Capel. Capel, beating the keeper to the ball, volleyed the pass into the back corner of the net for her second goal of the game and fifth of the year.
The Knights held on to the 4-0 edge for the remainder of the match as senior goalkeeper Ashton Hearn earned the clean sheet, making three saves. Calvin held a 20-9 shots advantage by the end of the match.
We became a little more aggressive and purposeful in the second half, so we were much more efficient, said head coach Mark Recker. I challenged the players at halftime to really step up their commitments to what we’ve been practicing, and they found the focus and energy to execute and we got three quality goals (in the second half) to put the game away. It’s always good to have a road win.
Calvin moves to 7-1-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the MIAA while Kalamazoo drops to 4-4-0 overall and 3-3-0 in conference play.
The Knights now look forward to Wednesday when they will host the Comets of Olivet for a 4 p.m. contest.