Women's Soccer Falls in Overtime at Olivet

Women's Soccer Falls in Overtime at Olivet

OLIVET, Mich. Playing its second game in as many days, the Calvin women's soccer team suffered a tough 3-2 overtime loss at Olivet Wednesday afternoon.

The Knights dip to 5-5-1 overall and to 4-2-1 in the MIAA. The Olivet victory pulls the Comets into a tie for third place with Calvin in the league standings.  Olivet scored the game winning goal with 3:03 left in the first overtime session.

Calvin held the lead on two occasions but could not make the lead hold up. 

Calvin took an early 1-0 lead on a goal by junior Anica Pausma in the 22nd minute off an assist from Stacie Skinker.

Olivet striker Isabelle Leon blasted in a shot from the right side of the box 10 minutes later to level the score at one.

In the 58th minute, Calvin senior striker Brianna Russell broke through the Olivet back line on a rush into the box and deposited a shot into the back of the net for her team-leading sixth goal of the season.

Leon proved to be kryptonite once again for Calvin in the 74th minute however, scoring on a pass from teammate Ashley Romanowski.

The Knights peppered the Olivet goal in the closing minutes of regulation but could not find the back of the net.

In overtime, Olivet's Rachael Durocher came up with the winner, ripping a 20-yard blast that ended the game. 

The game was Calvin's third overtime session in league play this year. The Knights are 0-2-1 in the three overtime matches.

"It's a tough result for us to swallow but we have to put it behind us and move forward," said Calvin women's soccer coach Mark Recker. "Give credit to Olivet. They have a quality side with quality strikers. We are still growing as a team. We will learn from this result and get better."

Calvin finished the game with a 25-13 shots at goal advantage. Brianna Koehn had four saves in goal for the Knights. Olivet goalkeeper Brooklyn Burel had five saves in nets for the Comets.
Calvin will travel to rival Hope on Saturday for a game slated to start at noon.