Women’s Soccer Team Shuts Out Saint Mary’s
Saturday, October 11, 2008
NOTRE DAME, IN—The nationally-ranked Calvin women’s soccer team remained unbeaten in MIAA play and posted its fifth consecutive shutout in the process, defeating host Saint Mary’s 4-0 Saturday afternoon.
Including MIAA Tournament action from 2006 and 2007, Calvin now has an unbeaten streak of 29 games in league play dating back to the 2005 season, with Calvin posting a 28-0-1 recording during that streak. Calvin has not allowed a goal in league play this year and has a defensive scoreless streak in league competition of more than 600 minutes dating back to last year.
Ranked eighth nationally, Calvin (9-2-1 overall, 4-0-0 MIAA) scored three times in the first half including two goals from junior Emily Ottenhoff (Palos Heights, IL/Chicago Christian HS) to take control of the game on Saturday.
Calvin took a 1-0 lead just 1:58 into the contest on a goal by sophomore Elaine Schnabel (Chesterton, IN/Chesterton HS) off a feed from senior Elizabeth Ribbens (Tinley Park, IL/Victor J. Andrew HS). Ottenhoff gave Calvin a 2-0 lead on a rebound shot off a strike by Ribbens that ricocheted off the post and to the feet of Ottenhoff. Sophomore Stephanie Malburg (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Northern HS) then fed Ottenhoff on a give-and-go pass with Ottenhoff depositing her team-leading ninth goal of the year the play. The goal came with 11:31 left in the first half.
Senior Michelle Koele (Denver, CO/Denver Christian HS) closed out the scoring on a goal with 10:44 remaining with junior Natalie Veurink (Spring Lake/Western Michigan Christian HS) drawing an assist on the play.
Calvin held a 20-5 shots at goal advantage with juniors Alyssa Bergsma (Walker/Calvin Christian HS) and Kayla Sulzer (St. Charles, MO/Whitfield HS) splitting the time in nets for the Knights.
Calvin returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Olivet for a 4:00 p.m. league contest.