TACOMA, Wash. - Calvin scored a dramatic 1-0 sudden-death overtime victory over host Puget Sound Friday evening. The Knights remain unbeaten on the year with the win, improving to 3-0-0 under first-year head coach Emily Ottenhoff.
Sophomore Maria Vanderlei (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) headed home a crossing pass from sophomore Jessica Paulson (Plymouth, Mich./Plymouth Christian HS) 3:19 into the first overtime to give the Knights the pulse-pounding victory.
The goal was the first of Vanderlei's collegiate career.
Friday's game featured good back-and-forth action as the Knights outshot Puget Sound 9-7 but had to come up with some timely defensive plays to send the game into overtime.
Puget Sound (0-3-0) outshot Calvin 3-2 in the opening half. In the second half, Puget Sound sent a shot over the bar in the 86th minute and then forced sophomore goalkeeper Amy Kliewer (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern HS) to make a clutch save with 42 seconds remaining.
Calvin senior Kali Mouw (Avon, N.Y./Avon Central HS) cranked a shot that Puget Sound goalkeeper Jamie Lange was forced to make a save on with just seven seconds left in regulation.
In overtime, Calvin struck for a goal on the only shot of overtime. The goal by Vanderlei came on her third shot on goal of the game.
Kliewer came up with three saves for Calvin in posting her second shutout victory of the season.
"Puget Sound is a good team who put a lot of pressure on us and made us raise our game," said Ottenhoff. "I was really pleased with the way we competed and found a way to get the ball in the goal. We are so thankful to spend this time together in the Seattle area. It has been a great experience for the women on the team."
Calvin will continue its weekend in Washington Saturday night when it faces Pacific Lutheran at 8 p.m. (EST).