Women’s Soccer Tripped Up at Alma by 2-0 Score
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
By sports information student assistant Derek Neice/photo by Sandy Palmatter
With a chance to move up in the standings with a win, the Knights fell short of the mark Wednesday at Alma, falling by a score of 2-0 off a pair of second half goals by Carly Reising (Otsego, MI) of the Scots. The loss pushes Calvin to 6-8 overall and 6-4 in the conference.
In the first half both teams had solid chances but could not find the net, and Alma went into the halftime break with a 10-6 advantage on shots. Calvin’s best chances came primarily from corner kicks, with junior Liz Cancel (Saint Clair Shores, MI) sending in a number of good balls that receiving players were unable to finish.
In the second half, Alma got on the scoreboard in a hurry with a goal from Reising who scored from outside the box on a well-struck shot that outstretched Calvin keeper Ashton Hearn (Port Huron, MI) could not get a hand on. Reising, who would later add a second goal to further ice the game, was also the last-minute scorer from the earlier contest between these two teams at Calvin where Alma took a 2-1 lead with just over a minute to play.
Wednesday, Calvin was unable to mount a similar comeback, despite a number of good shots. Cancel, sophomore Kelly Koets (Grandville, MI), and freshman Rebecca Vanderbyl (Bowmont, CA) all had very good chances that either missed the frame by a very close margin, or were saved by the Scots keeper.
“We had some solid shots with some going just over and with the Alma keeper making some good saves,” Calvin coach Mark Recker said afterward. “Today was a lot more of what I expected from Alma in being aggressive, physical and trying to manage all parts of the game.”
“With such a young team this year we can often be pushed to our limits,” Recker continued. “but every team we play continues to bring their A-game in competing against us, so we also need to continue to compete hard and learn to play sharper and more efficiently.”
With fifth place Kalamazoo upsetting Adrian 1-0 on Wednesday as well, Calvin falls into a points tie with Kalamazoo for fourth place in the standings, but with the Knights owning the edge after defeating the Hornets last week 4-1.
As the season starts to wind down each game will become more and more important as the final standings continue to take shape, with the top four teams entering the postseason conference tournament.
Calvin will next play on Saturday with a home contest against last-place Albion.