Woman’s soccer continues winning streak

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Photo Courtesy Calvin Sports Information

The Women’s Soccer team improved to 13-0-1 in the MIAA conference, placing them first overall. The Knights are currently 15-2-1 on the season with a winning streak of 16 games.

This past Saturday was Senior Day for the women’s soccer team. The Knights played the Belles of Saint Mary’s College, defeating St. Mary’s 4-0. Calvin scored twice in the first half and twice in the second half.

Senior Paige Capel was credited with both goals in the first half of the match, the first was 15 minutes into the game and the second was scored 10 minutes later.

In the second half, first-year student Mackenna Nesky managed to score with a rebound shot in the 57th minute of the game. Senior Taylor TenHarmsel was able to head in a goal off a corner kick from her senior teammate Kelsey Hiegel. TenHarmsel currently has eight goals for the season.

The team honored seven seniors, including Jamie Verbal, Christina Drost, Holly Ellerbroek, Taylor Tenharmsel, Kelsey Heigel, Paige Capel and Sidney Kinney.

On Tuesday, the Knights triumphed over Alma College in double overtime. Within the first 10 minutes of the game, Capel scored to put the Knights on top. Capel was the sole scorer for either team during the first half of the game.

In the second half, Capel scored twice; however, Alma responded with goals to tie up the game both times. Capel was able to put Calvin ahead 3-2 but in the 81st minute of the game, Allysen Neumann from Alma scored to tie the game 3-3, which led to the first overtime.

Neither team scored during the first overtime, but Hollerbroek had a huge save allowing the two teams to go into a second overtime. First-year student Bekah Maguire acquired the game winning shot after she headed the ball into the net off a pass from TenHarmsel. Nesky says, “Alma executed all of their set plays but I think we outplayed them and controlled the game.”

The women’s soccer team has two more regular season games before the MIAA tournament begins. This Saturday the Knights take on Olivet College at Olivet at 2:30. Then they will travel to Holland to play Hope College in a rivalry match.

“We are looking forward to our game against Hope but we can’t look past our game this Saturday,” Nesky continues, “We will continue to work on mental toughness and staying disciplined on defense.”