Calvin Ties Top-Ranked Wheaton Women's Soccer Team 2-2
WHEATON, IL – In a matchup of nationally-ranked teams, Calvin battled non-conference rival Wheaton (IL) to a 2-2 double-overtime draw. Wheaton entered the match ranked number-one in the country while Calvin came in ranked 21st by D3soccer.com.
Calvin is now 3-0-2 in overtime games.
Calvin used a come-from-behind effort to tie the game as the Knights battled back from a 2-0 second half deficit.
Wheaton (12-0-2) drew first blood, scoring on a goal by Holland native Anna Seabolt in the 32nd minute of play and scored again in the 61st minute off a corner kick play.
Calvin (11-1-2) refused to fold however, cutting the deficit in half on a goal by senior Heidi Scholten in the 67th minute. Scholten was set up on the play by freshman teammate Kaily Jo as Jo sent a cross to the far right side of the box. Scholten then sent a shot that squirted through the hands of the Wheaton goalkeeper and into the net.
In the 73rd minute, Calvin found the equalizer off the foot of sophomore Sidney Kinney. Kinney was able to retrieve a bouncing ball on the left side of the box and crank a shot that skipped off the underside of the crossbar and into the net.
Calvin nearly took the lead with six minutes left in regulation as Scholten scored what appeared to be the go-ahead goal on a header to the far post but the goal was nullified by an off-sides call.
Neither team was able to score in the two overtime sessions although Wheaton nearly came up with the game-winner in the closing minutes of the first overtime on a bouncing ball that skipped just a few inches past the near post.
Wheaton outshot Calvin 21-12 in the contest but Calvin senior goalkeeper Ashton Hearn came up with 12 key saves.
The tie was the first-ever draw in the Calvin/Wheaton women's soccer series with Wheaton now holding a 10-8-1 series lead.
"I have to give credit to our team for refusing to quit," said Calvin women's soccer coach Mark Recker. "Wheaton is a quality program and we have great respect for what they do and stand for but our players weren't intimidated. Anytime you can come down to Wheaton and get a result it's a positive. I think this game will be a confidence booster for our players."
Calvin will now turn its attention to a Saturday match against a tough Saint Mary's team scheduled to begin at noon. In the first meeting of the year between the two teams, the Knights and Belles battled to a 0-0 double-overtime tie.