MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Calvin women's soccer team posted a perfect 2-0 record at the MSOE Invitational. The Knights completed the weekend with a 2-1 victory over MSOE in Saturday. The Maroon and Gold enter MIAA play with a 2-0-0 record. This is the first time since 2013 that the Knights have opened the season with two-straight victories.
"The team experienced two confidence building performances this weekend," said head coach Mark Recker. "In the second game, we had a lesson in perseverance and mental toughness. Growth steps are great to have and incorporate. I am very proud of them."
The Raiders tried to sneak onto the scoreboard in the fourth minute, but junior Kali Mouw (Avon, N.Y./Avon Central) stopped the ball at the far post.
Freshman Abby Koops (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) started the scoring on Saturday. Koops was able to head a bouncing ball into the back of the net in the 31st minute.
MSOE tied the game up in the 52nd minute with a game up off the foot of Aly Loepfe.
Abby Koops would strike again in the 79th minute. Sending the ball to the far post and past the Raider keeper. Freshman Jessica Paulson (Plymouth, Mich./Plymouth Christian) fed Koops the ball from a run down the far side.
"It was a really fun weekend," said Koops. "We worked really hard during preseason, so we were excited to show that off in a game. Both games were tough and physical battles. MSOE had a lot of skill and speed in all areas of the field, so we did our best to keep the ball is our possession. Every Calvin player that stepped on the field was ready to play and that made the difference for us. We were aggressive and created chances in front of the net and that's how we got our goals, through hard work."
Koops scored three of the five Calvin goals this past weekend.
The Knights would not allow another shot on goal the rest of the afternoon and would walkout 2-1 winners.
Freshman Amy Kliewer (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern) improved to 2-0 on the year and posted three saves.
Calvin outshot MSOE, 15-6.
The Knights return to action on Wednesday, when they open MIAA play at home against Kalamazoo.