Sep 24, 2017
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Calvin got back on the winning track with a 3-1 conference victory over the visiting Albion Britons Saturday night at Zuidema Field.
Playing their third game in five days, Calvin showed signs of fatigue early but found a second wind to score three unanswered goals to claim the win.
The victory keeps Calvin within three points of league-leading Hope heading into a Tuesday night home match against Adrian.
Albion (4-3-1 overall, 3-2-1 MIAA) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute of play as Alyssa Brooks blasted in a shot from just outside the box off a back-pass from teammate Emily Wolford.
The Knights (8-2-0 overall, 5-1-0 MIAA) gained the equalizer with just 2:14 left in the first half as junior Bekah Maguire was able to run under a serve into the box from senior Sydney Barcey (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac HS) and head the ball past Albion keeper Maggie Troost.
With momentum on its side, Calvin went to work early in the second half as the Knights scored on a corner kick in the 48th minute.
Junior Emily Van Vliet (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) ignited the scoring play with a perfectly placed corner kick that freshman Margarete Brady (Scott, Mich./Mattawan HS) was able to head into an open net. The goal was the first of Brady's collegiate career.
Albion pressed for an equalizer of its own but was denied by Calvin's strong defensive back line and the play of freshman goalkeeper Amy Kliewer (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern HS).
Freshman Abby Koops (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) provided an insurance goal in the 79th minute, receiving a pass through the left wing while holding off a defender. Koops then beat an onrushing Troost with a chip just under the crossbar and inside the far post to close out the scoring.
"It's been a tough stretch of games and I'm proud of this team for finding the determination to not give in," said Calvin women's soccer coach Mark Recker. "The goal by Bekah (Maguire) just before the half was huge. It gave our team a big lift and we carried that momentum into the second half. We have a young team but this group continues to grow. I think our league is very competitive this year and any time you can get three points, it's a good night."
Calvin finished with an 11-9 shots at goal advantage. Kliewer posted three saves for Calvin while Troost had three saves for Albion.
Calvin's game against Adrian on Tuesday night is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.