The Alma College Women's Soccer team hit the road Saturday for a match that the pitted the top two teams in the MIAA against each other. A late goal by Taylor TenHarmsel proved to be just enough to upset the 25th ranked Scots. With the loss, Alma falls to 10-3-2, and 7-2-2 in the MIAA, while Calvin is now 9-3, and pulls ahead of the Scots with an 8-2 record in conference play.
"We did some things well, particularly in the first 20 minutes of the match and were back and forth in possession throughout the second half," said Scots Head Coach Jeff Hosler. "However, the last 25 minutes of the first half put us in a hole because of how much we chased the game and I think it caused unneccesary fatigue.
"Sam, Ann and Autumn were fantastic all over the field today for us, but there were not enough other players that shared that effort, focus or intensity. We have put ourselves in a hole moving forward after today and only getting one point earlier this week against Adrian."
Calvin controlled play early against the Scots and tallied 13 shots to the Scots four in the first half of action. Alma was able to fend off the Knights' first half pressure and entered the half with the game knotted up at 0-0.
The game remained tied at 0-0 until the 76:23 mark when Calvin finally broke through on a corner kick by Elle Burman that was netted by Taylor TenHarmsel. The Scots had a few chances in the last 14 minutes but were not able to find the net.
So. GK, Morgan Waier (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc), had six saves in 90 minutes. Jr. Taryn Handyside (Montrose, Mich./Hill McCloy) and Fr. Bryn Kittle (Rockford, Ill./Rockford Christian) paced the Scots offensively with three shots a piece. Calvin outshot the Scots by a total tally of 19-8, and 7-5 in shots on goal.
Alma returns to action on Wednesday when they will take on Hope College for a 7:00 p.m. start under the lights of Van Andel Stadium in Holland.