GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin College women's soccer team upset the No. 11 Maroons of the University of Chicago, 3-1 on Saturday afternoon. The Knights have now rolled off three-straight victories to improve to 3-2 on the season.
"I think that we have been building momentum," said head coach Mark Recker. "This against a very, very good Chicago team gives us confidence that what we are doing is right. It tells our players that what they are doing is right and that if we stay on this path that we are on together that we can be a force to be reckoned with. I suppose any time that you get a 'W' from a ranked opponent it sends a message to everyone else. This game was an interesting game and you will have to bring your A-game every single time, no matter who the opponent is."
Junior Carly Veenstra (North Haledon, N.J./ Eastern Christian HS) posted her second and third goals of the season in the first 20 minutes of play. Striking first in the third minute with a strike off of a corner in front of the net with an assist from senior Taylor Ten Harmsel (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS). Veenstra snuck another one past Piper Mik of Chicago in the 20th minute.
Junior Kailey Jo (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) added the third goal for the Knights in the third minute of the second half, putting the ball into the upper right corner of the net. Carly Veenstra had an assist on the goal.
Senior Holly Ellerbroek (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) and the defense had another solid performance on Saturday tallying four saves as a team.
The No. 11 Maroons out-shot the Knight 10 to six on the afternoon and had seven corner kicks to three for Calvin.
The Knights return to action on Monday as they resume conference play at Albion. The match is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.