Anderson Falls to No. 13 Calvin
The Anderson University women’s soccer team fell to Calvin University 3-0 on Saturday at Fridley Field.
The Anderson University women's soccer team fell to Calvin University 3-0 on Saturday at Fridley Field.
Calvin University (8-0) entered Saturday's contest ranked No. 13 in the United Soccer Coaches (USC) NCAA D-III poll and ranked No. 1 in Region VIII. The Knights have yet to surrender a goal this season.
Both teams remained deadlocked at 0-0 for the first 41 minutes. During the 42nd minute, Elie Farrell bent a corner kick into the upper-right corner of the goal to put the Knights on the board.
"Calvin's a top-ranked team for a reason, so we knew [Saturday] would be a good test," Coach Jennifer Myhre said. "I was extremely pleased with how we showed up and battled well. The first half was phenomenal and showed us we can compete with anyone. We kept to our game plan, played simple, stepped strong and tracked the marks well. We had some chances and were unfortunate on their early goal, as it was a great strike from the corner and went right in."
Farrell took a corner kick for Calvin in the 59th minute. Lucy Iverson headed Farrell's corner kick serve and the shot was saved. Sophie Mueller rebounded Iverson's shot and found the back of the net. Iverson received the assist.
Kaitlyn Van Laare took a corner kick for Calvin in the 74th minute. Maggie Smith fired a shot from Van Laare's corner kick to put the Knights ahead 3-0. Van Laare earned the assist.
"The second half we knew they would come out with intense pressure and even with that we defended well and our defensive game was outstanding. They didn't get a goal off the flow of play and I'm proud of how we stayed strong till the end. These types of games sharpen you for future ones and today we got better as a team and we are excited to show this intensity and fight into conference play."
Calvin outshot Anderson by a 29-2 margin and held a 10-1 advantage in shots on goal. The Knights maintained 55 percent of the possession. Of Calvin's total possession, 81 percent was spent in the attacking half and 43 percent was spent in the attacking quarter.
The Ravens kick off the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) season by hosting Franklin College (2-5, 0-0) on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 4:30 p.m. at Fridley Field.