PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The No. 20 Calvin women's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals with a dramatic 1-0 overtime win over No. 5 Carnegie Mellon on Friday. The win propels the Knights to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third time in program history, the other two years were 2006 and 2009. The Knights are now 21-2-2 on the year.
"It was a good team effort, we stuck to our game plan through the whole match," said head coach Mark Recker. "We have been waiting for Carly to come up with a big goal and she did today. It was a huge win away from home on the home team's field. They [Carnegie Mellon] are a great team, deserving of their ranking, we're fortunate to move on."
The winning goal began with a rush up the right wing by junior Brianna Russell (Plainwell, Mich./Thornapple-Kellogg). Drawing two defenders in the corner, Russell was able to slip a pass back to senior Sydney Kinney (Ada, Mich. /Grand Rapids Christian) who sent a well-placed cross to the top of the box. Senior Taylor TenHarsmel (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) had the first crack at the pass but elected to let the pass slide through her legs on a "dummy" pass. The play worked to perfection as junior Carly Veenstra (North Haledon, N.J./Eastern Christian) filled into the open slot and tucked a perfectly placed shot into the left hand corner of the goal in the 92nd minute.
"It was a great team effort," said Veenstra. "Starting with a perfect cross from Sydney Kinney and a brilliant dummy by Taylor TenHermsel. I knew once I had the ball in front of the net it was our chance to finally put it away with composure and after that it was all a blur. It was an unreal moment that I don't think we as a team will forget."
The Knights were able to get to overtime behind the solid play of the defense, anchored by senior Holly Ellerbroek (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian). Ellerbroek picked up five saves in her 12th shutout of the year.
The Calvin defense held the Carnegie Mellon offense to nine shots on the day. The Tartans were averaging 16.5 shots-per-game.
The Knights will play Centre tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.