Calvin Women's Soccer Knocks Off MIAA Leader Kalamazoo 2-0

Calvin Women's Soccer Knocks Off MIAA Leader Kalamazoo 2-0


By Gina de Haan

On Saturday afternoon, the Calvin women's soccer team hosted Kalamazoo Hornets, the league leaders as the second half of the MIAA"s double round robin schedule entered its second week.

The contest marked the second meeting of the year between the two teams. In the first matchup, Kalamazoo defeated Calvin 2-1 in overtime, converting on a penalty kick.

The Knights came into the game 6-7-1 and 5-4-1 in the league, while the Hornets held an 11-2-1 record with a 10-0-1 conference mark.

It was Calvin who came out with the victory, shutting out Kalamazoo 2-0.

With the win, Calvin sits in a tie for fourth place with Olivet in the league standings.

The Knights got on the board first when Emily VanVeldhuisen (Brookville, Md./Washington Christian Academy HS) headed in a corner kick ball served by Kailey Jo (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS).

At halftime, the score was 1-0 in Calvin's favor with the Knights outshooting their visitors 6-5.

In the second half, the Hornets had numerous scoring chances, but failed to capitalize on any of their opportunities.

In the 84th minute, Brianna Russell (Plainwell, Mich./Delton-Kellogg HS) scored an unassisted goal for the Knights to increase their lead to two.

The Knights outshot the Hornets 14-10 in the victory. Calvin goalkeeper Brianna Koehn (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern HS) recorded four saves on the afternoon.

"I challenged the team after our loss at Albion the other night," said Calvin women's soccer coach Mark Recker. "We started some really positive things at Albion but it slipped away with some missed opportunities. We are realizing that we need to put some balls in the back of the net and we did that with focus and determination this afternoon. I think this game was the most complete 90 minutes that we have put together this season. It feels very good to get a win against a quality team like Kalamazoo. Now we need to continue to build off this performance."

Calvin is back in action on Tuesday when the Knights travel to Adrian to take on the Bulldogs. Game time is at 7:00 p.m.