Women’s Soccer Team Extends Win Streak to Four With 2-0 Win at Albion
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Written by sports information student assistant Nate Triezenberg
ALBION, MI - Calvin used a pair of first half goals to record a 2-0 victory at Albion Saturday afternoon. The Knights extended their win streak to four games with the win and remain three points behind league-leading Alma with just one regular season conference game left to play.
According to Coach Mark Recker, “Scoring early, especially on the road puts pressure on the home team. With the way the opposing teams have played us, in large part being defensive minded, if we can execute early, it takes opponents out of that and gives us more chances due to the fact it takes them out of their game.”
Such was the story for the Knights today; squaring off against a defensive minded Albion squad which, attempting to stop the Calvin attack, at many points had nine players in the defensive end of half.
Calvin got on the board early with Danielle Carter scoring her second goal of the year in the 5th minute off of a Lauren Heyboer corner kick. The second goal came late in the first half as Kelly Koets rocketed a ball from the 18 yard box into the far post in the 36th minute for the first goal of her career.
It seems the story of the year that the Knights look to score early as they did today to attempt to open things up offensively late in the game.
“Danielle (Carter) scoring early did a huge part in opening things up later in the game for us” Though the Knights opened things up early with two goals, they were unable to capitalize on 10 second half shots, including multiple other scoring opportunities.
“We’ve been trying to focus in on offensive efficiency and we can say today’s game showed team movement type of pace that we’re really capable of,” said Recker.
After the initial goals by the Knights, the Britons turned up the physicality, attempting to get the Knights out of their style of play.
When asked about the physical nature of the game Coach Recker was pleased with his team’s performance, “We stayed fairly poised throughout the game despite the physicality being turned up. One player for us you really have to give credit to is Carly Prins. As a senior she really has a target on her back because of the skilled player she is.”
Though the Knights were battered and bruised, the two-goal margin was enough to lead them to victory and keep them in the hunt for one of the top seeds for the upcoming MIAA tournament.
Calvin will travel to Olivet next Wednesday for a 4 p.m. contest with the MIAA Tournament slated to start October 30 with the top two seeds receiving first round byes.