KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The 2019 season came to an end for the Calvin women's soccer team Saturday night as the Knights dropped a 1-0 decision at Kalamazoo in a first round MIAA Tournament match.
Kalamazoo (7-7-3 overall) scored the only goal of the game in the 26th minute as Josie Sibley scored on an assist from Madison Vallan.
Calvin (5-10-3) overall) came up with 11 shots in the match with the final shot an attempt by freshman Emma Thompson (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall HS) off a corner from junior Grace Visser (Coopersville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) that was blocked away by the Kalamazoo defense with just over two minutes left in regulation.
Kalamazoo held a 13-11 shots at goal advantage. Playing in her hometown of Kalamazoo, freshman Kayla Beebe (Kalamazoo Christian HS) fired off three of Calvin's 11 shots at goal.
Junior Amy Kliewer (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern HS) had a strong game for Calvin with nine saves.
COACHES COMMENT: "Disappointing result for us tonight," said Calvin women's soccer head coach Emily Ottenhoff. "I was really pleased with how we competed and tried to execute our game plan but Kalamazoo is a strong team which created a number of dangerous opportunities including the one that resulted in a goal. We navigated a lot of challenges this season and in turn, have grown a lot. I blieve the best moments for this program are still ahead of us."