Calvin Women's Soccer Falls at Hope 4-0 in Rivalry Contest

Calvin Women's Soccer Falls at Hope 4-0 in Rivalry Contest
HOLLAND, Mich. - With temperatures hovering in the mid-to-high 80s, Saturday's Calvin-Hope women's soccer game provided a sweltering atmosphere at Van Andel Stadium.
 
In the end, Hope cranked up the heat on the visiting Knights, defeating Calvin 4-0 as the 19th-ranked Flying Dutch scored all four goals in the second half.
 
The loss was the first of the year for Calvin (6-1-0 overall, 3-1-0 MIAA) while Hope (6-1-0 overall, 4-1-0 MIAA) was able to bounce back from a Thursday night loss at Kalamazoo.
 
The opening 25 minutes featured even play with some back-and-forth opportunities but as the first half wore on, Hope began to press that attack. Hope forced Calvin goalkeeper Amy Kliewer to make four first half saves including a shot from point-blank range in the final minute of the half.
 
Hope broke through early in the second half as Grace Bubin cranked in her fourth goal of the year off a rebound in the 50th minute of play.
 
Rylie Dalton (58th minute), Rachael Braginton (67th minute) and Allie Wittenbach (77th minute) added insurance goals for the Flying Dutch who outshot Calvin 24-3.
 
Kliewer was a bright spot for Calvin with 11 save including a pair of Hope breakaway attempts.
 
"I think you have to give Hope all of the credit today," said Calvin women's soccer coach Mark Recker. "They were consistently strong with their pace and tempo and at a certain point of the game, we were unable to match their effort and intensity. They were the better team today plain and simple. Having said that, I like where our team is headed right now. We are young but have good team chemistry and we have been improving. Today was a learning experience and we will be back to work next week."

Calvin returns to action next Tuesday when it travels to Trine for a 4 p.m. conference match.