GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin women's soccer team will host Saint Mary's (Ind.) Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Teams: The Belles are 6-7-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the MIAA. The Knights are 6-3-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the MIAA.
The Coaches: Jesse Urquhart is in his third season as head coach for the Belles.Urquhart came to Saint Mary's with coaching experience at the club, men's collegiate, and women's collegiate levels. He earned a bachelor's degree in sports management from Neumann University in 2009 and just recently completed a master's degree in education with a concentration in sports coaching from Defiance College. As a collegiate athlete, Urquhart competed at Camden County College and Neumann University. In his final two years of eligibility at Neumann, he set school records in goals in a season, points in a season, game-winning goals in a season, and assists in a season.
Emily Ottenhoff is in her first season for the Knights. A Calvin Alum, Ottenhoff graduated in 2010 and was a standout two-sport athlete, spending four years with the Calvin women's soccer program and four years with the Calvin women's basketball program. She earned All-American status in 2009 for soccer. Prior to her five-year stint coaching at Stevens, Ottenhoff was a two-year graduate assistant at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology while completing a master's of science degree in physical education and coaching science at Indiana State University. She has had a successful season so far as she has led the Knights to a 6-3-2 record.
The Players: The Belles have two standout freshman offensive players. Rose Stackhouse has 11 goals on the season with four assists and has a total of 26 points. Sophie Bubnar has posted eight goals on the season with 4 assists and has a total of 20 points. On the defensive end two juniors in goal, Thallia Robles has posted 39 saves Delaney Rohlman has 37 saves.
The Knights are led in scoring by seniors Emily Van Vliet and Mackenna Nesky. Van Vliet has a team-leading seven goals to go with one assist for a total of 15 points. Nesky has six goals and 12 points. Sophomore Amy Kliewer has been Calvin's backstop in goal, posting 43 saves along with a goals-against-average of 0.78 and four shutouts.
Series: The Knights lead 35-5-5 over the Belles in series history. Last year, Calvin defeated St. Mary's in both meetings winning 2-0 on the road and 7-1 at home.
Coverage: Live stats and live video of the game will be available on Calvin's website at Calvinknights.com
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Up Next: The Knights will travel to Trine University Saturday October 13thto take on the Thunder at 12 p.m.