GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin women's soccer team opened its season at home with a 4-1 victory over Carthage. Things got off to a slow start on both sides of the ball but once the Knights scored, things took off.
It was a good day for individuals named Emily as head coach Emily Ottenhoff picked up a win in her collegiate head coaching debut while senior Emily Van Vliet (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) notched her first collegiate hat-trick for the Knights.
The first goal of the game was off a corner kick. Senior, Kali Mouw (Avon Lake, N.Y./Avon Central HS) took the corner kick and at the end of the ball was senior Mackenna Nesky (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) with the header to put the Knights on the board late in the first half. The goal got the Knights into a great rhythm and with only five minutes later the Knights scored their second goal off of a breakaway by Van Vliet. This was just the start for Van Vliet.
In the second half, Carthage got on the board after a short corner kick then dribbled in by Jacey Kent who found Kelsey Dejno to cut the Calvin lead in half.
Calvin responded to Carthage's goal shortly after with a tap-in from Van Vliet after a free kick was taken for the Knights. Calvin wasn't finished yet as they kept the momentum going and went on to score one more goal to finish off the game. This time sophomore Maria VanderLei (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) crossed the ball to find Van Vliet who once again put the ball in the back of the net for the Knights earning a hat trick and helping the Knights close out the game 4-1.
Calvin outshot Carthage 15 to 6. Sophomore goalkeeper, Amy Kliewer (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern HS) had four saves in goal for the Knights.
"We spoke about everyone contributing to our performance today and I felt like group embraced that concept and it showed through our play," said Ottenhoff. "We'll have another challenging game tomorrow and will need to bring our best as we aim to reach our potential."
The Knights return tomorrow at home at 4:30pm as they take on Milwaukee School of Engineering.