Women’s soccer wins tourney after two overtime wins

Photo courtesy calvin.edu.

Photo courtesy calvin.edu.

It was an exciting tournament, to say the least, for the Calvin women’s soccer team as the team claimed two overtime wins in two days to win the championship at the Milwaukee School of Engineering Raider Invitational.

The Friday game against Loras College in Iowa was a 0-0 stalemate until just under four minutes into overtime when senior Kelly Koets redirected sophomore Sydney Kinney’s pass into the back of the net. The dramatic game was even throughout, as Calvin only held a 15-13 shot advantage and senior goalie Ashton Hearn was kept busy throughout, recording six saves for the clean sheet.

This gave Calvin the chance to earn the title of champion of the tournament the next night in a game against North Park University. Fifteen minutes into the game, Calvin gave up a not-so-pretty goal that was chipped in off the keeper right after a save. This forced them to play catch-up, but the Knights proved up to the task, responding 10 minutes later on an unassisted laser from sophomore Taylor TenHarmsel.

The rest of the match proved, again, to be deadlocked, although this time Calvin had the clear shot advantage at 22-8, including a shot by junior Paige Capel that hit the crossbar near the end of the second half. This failed to discourage the Knights, however, as they continued to apply the pressure during extra time and broke through less than three minutes into overtime.  Capel fit a pass through traffic to freshman Allie Corp, who put it on net for the win and the tournament. Hearn made 5 saves.

Calvin, now with a 3-0 record on the season, has another busy week on tap as they open MIAA play with games at Alma on Sept. 9 and Trine on Sept. 12. The Knights do not play another non-MIAA opponent until Oct. 15.