Women’s soccer beats Calvin, 2-1, to secure No. 2 seed

Women’s soccer beats Calvin, 2-1, to secure No. 2 seed

OLIVET, Mich. – The Olivet College women's soccer team defeated Calvin College, 2-1, in its final regular season game today at the Cutler Athletic Complex in Olivet. With the win, the Comets have secured the No. 2 seed in the 2017 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament.

THE BASICS
Final Score:
Olivet 2, Calvin 1
Location: Cutler Athletic Complex; Olivet, Mich.
Records: Calvin 12-8 overall, 9-7 MIAA; Olivet 13-6 overall, 11-5 MIAA

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Comets took a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute. Senior Isabelle Leon slipped the ball to the feet of sophomore Maya Prewitt at the top of the 6-yard box. Prewitt's shot went into the goal at the near post.
  • The Knights leveled the score at 1-1 with just 47 seconds left before halftime. The goal came off a set piece.
  • Olivet grabbed the lead back in the 14th minute of the second half. Junior Emma Essen scored the goal after getting a pass from Prewitt.
  • The Comets had a couple chances to stretch their lead, while Calvin had two opportunities to score an equalizing goal.

FOR THE COMETS

  • Olivet registered nine total shots, including six on-goal, in the game.
  • Essen, Leon, Prewitt and senior Rachael Durocher each recorded two shots.
  • Freshman Samantha Gifford collected seven saves, while playing all 90 minutes in goal.

FOR THE KNIGHTS

  • Bekah Maguire scored the goal.
  • Abby Koops and Carrie Rietberg had three shots apiece, as Calvin finished the game with 17 total shots.
  • Amy Kliewer suffered the loss in net. She had four saves.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • With her assist, Leon has tied the Olivet career record with 26 helpers.
  • Leon is also tied for second on the single-season ledger with 11 assists.

UP NEXT

  • Olivet hosts No. 3 seed Adrian Thursday in the MIAA Tournament semifinals. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. The highest remaining seed after Thursday's semifinal games will host the championship game Saturday at a to be determined time. Hope College is hosting Calvin in the other semifinal.

QUOTE FROM OLIVET HEAD COACH SARAH MARACANI

  • "I am extremely proud of these girls and their efforts to finish second in the conference after being picked eighth in the preseason poll. They have worked extremely hard from day one in preseason to now to earn the position that they are in. We are extremely excited to be hosting our semifinal game. Anything can happen in a tournament and I know these girls will leave everything out on the field on Thursday."