Women’s Soccer Sinks Alma in Overtime

Women’s Soccer Sinks Alma in Overtime

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- On a cold and rainy Wednesday afternoon, the Calvin women's soccer team hosted the Alma College Scots for a key, late season matchup as both teams are fighting for a spot in next week's four-team MIAA Tournament.

"We showed great resiliency today," said head coach Mark Recker. "For the growth of the program it is nice to string some wins together. We are looking forward to playing again this weekend."

Calvin entered the contest 9-7-1 overall and 8-4-1 in the MIAA, seated in third place in the league standings. Alma held a 7-4-4 overall record, just one place behind Calvin in the conference standings with a 6-3-4 MIAA mark.

Both teams were in action on Saturday with Calvin claiming a 3-0 victory at Saint Mary's while Alma fell 4-1 to Hope College at home.

In the first meeting of the year between Calvin and Alma in late September, the two teams played to a 2-2 double-overtime tie with the Knights coming from back from an early 2-0 deficit.

Despite the harsh playing conditions, the Knights came back from a one-goal deficit to force overtime, and then used their momentum to score in the first minute of extra time to claim a 2-1 victory.

Midway through the first half, Calvin senior Carly Veenstra had a chance to get the Knights on the board, but her shot just missed the mark, hitting the right post and bouncing wide of the goal.

The game was scoreless at the half with Calvin holding a 9-4 shots advantage.

Calvin came out strong to start the second half, firing two shots in the first two minutes after the break. Just 35 seconds into the half, Calvin freshman Whitney Koets sent a shot that hit the crossbar and bounced down just in front of the goal line; the game remained nil-nil.

In the 56th minute, Alma's Megan Kalanik broke free in the box and sent a shot past Calvin sophomore goalkeeper Brianna Koehn for the first goal of the match.

Calvin responded the Scots' goal with strong offensive pressure, recording eight shots in the following ten minutes.

The Knights continued to push and were rewarded in the 85th minute when junior Emily VanVeldhuisen put in a corner kick ball served by senior Kailey Jo.

As regulation time expired, the score was knotted at one.

Calvin utilized its momentum from the late goal to attack quickly in overtime. Just thirty seconds into extra time, senior Allie Corp fed Carly Veenstra who beat Alma goalkeeper Kelsey Postema for the game-winning goal.

Final shots were 24-8 in favor the Knights. Veenstra posted a team-high six shots. Brianna Koehn notched three saves.

The Knights continue their three-game home stand on Saturday when they host Olivet College at noon. Next Saturday at 3 p.m., Calvin will play its final MIAA regular season match against rival Hope College.