Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Saints
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Knights opened their five-game home stand with a win against cross-town rival Aquinas on Wednesday, defeating the Saints in a convincing 3-0 victory where 15th-ranked Calvin netted all of its goals in the first half.
“It’s always good to come out strong, especially in your first game at home,” said senior sweeper Ashley Bolen. “I thought we did pretty well, seeing it was only our third game of the season.”
Senior Elizabeth Ribbens connected on her first goal of the season nearly 17 minutes in after she fielded a through ball sent from Emily Ottenhoff, beating two Aquinas defenders and dribbling a low liner past Saint goalkeeper Kelsey Duley.
In the few remaining minutes before halftime, Calvin (2-1-0) was awarded consecutive penalty kicks because of infractions inside the Saints’ box – one aggressive-play call and one hand-ball – which resulted in scores by Ottenhoff and Carly Prins.
On the defensive end, the Knights allowed only three shots on goal while utilizing two goalkeepers, starter Alyssa Bergsma and her replacement, Kayla Sulzer, in the winning effort.
“Defensively, we’re all getting used to new positions but I think we came together pretty well,” said Bolen.
The Knights will now get a full week’s rest before facing off against #24 University of Chicago next Wednesday at Calvin’s Zuidema Field. Game time will be 4:00 p.m.