Women’s Soccer Tops Kalamazoo 2-1 - Remains Unbeaten in MIAA Play
Saturday, October 10, 2009
The Knights continued their undefeated conference mark in a clash with MIAA opponent Kalamazoo College on Saturday, defeating the Hornets 2-1 at Calvin’s Zuidema Field.
Struggling to get on the board early in previous games, Calvin had no such problems against Kalamazoo. The Knights drew first blood in the sixth minute, with junior Elaine Schnabel redirecting a ball from junior Carly Prins into the back of the net. The goal came after a barrage of chances and shots on net for the Knights, off of an opportunity created by some teamwork and hustle from freshman Liz Cancel and Senior Natalie Veurink on the right wing.
But the Knights weren’t done with the early scoring. Just two minutes later, freshman Francesca Smith settled a loose ball, took a touch, and buried a shot from just inside the eighteen. The goal was the first of the year for Smith.
“It was exciting to score. We came out really strong,” said Smith of her team’s play early in the game.
The Knights continued to dominate the first 20 minutes of the game, piercing the Kalamazoo defense with precise, penetrating passes. Coach Mark Recker agreed with Smith, saying that the team came out in system which gave Calvin an advantage in the middle of the field. This opened up the field, giving Calvin a distinct advantage in possession early.
But the Hornets of Kalamazoo responded in the 26th minute, capitalizing on one of their few chances in the first half. Jackie Short scored her fifth goal of the year, getting past senior goalie Kayla Sulzer and cutting the Calvin lead in half, to 2-1.
That goal marked the first goal the Knights have conceded to an MIAA opponent in over a year.
From that point on, the Knights had a little more difficulty creating chances for themselves in the second half.
“The goals came so easy that we let down and got content,” said Coach Recker. “We need to come out more intense. Every game requires your best and you have to finish the opportunities you have,” he continued.
Despite taking a step back in the second half, the Knights maintained their 2-1 lead, and concluded another MIAA victory, bringing their conference record to an impressive 4-0, and their overall record to 10-3.