ADRIAN, Mich. - The arch nemesis for the 2012 Adrian College women's soccer team clearly was Calvin College. The Bulldogs lost a total of four matches this season and three of those came against the Knights including a 1-0 loss in the MIAA Tournament Semifinals on Friday (Nov. 2).
The strategy this time around was a little different for the Bulldogs in an effort to pull off the upset at Zuidema Field against the regular season MIAA champions. Adrian was allowing Calvin to shoot from distance in an effort to win possession and counterattack. The Bulldogs had a handful of breakaways but just did not convert.
Senior goalkeeper Chayna Wallace was the best player on the field today as she kept the Bulldogs in the match. Wallace made 14 saves as Calvin attempted 28 total shots on the afternoon. Adrian had few scoring chances with three shots on net and seven total shots in the contest.
The Knights struck again early just as they did two days ago in a 2-1 overtime win at Performance Stadium in the regular season finale. In fact, it was the same combo that connected for the first goal on Wednesday and the only goal in this one. Taylor Ten Harmsel scored her 10th goal of the season at 7:20 with an assist from Paige Capel on a tap-in off a crossing pass.
"First off, congrats to Calvin for moving on in the tournament. Playing each other twice in three days, we saw a pair of battles that represented the rivalry well. Today was another tight one, they carried play in the first half but the second was much more even in terms of possession. Our seniors were blessed with a second chance in this tournament and they played with the heart and passion that we've grown to see from them over the past four years. I couldn't be prouder of this group, they've represented Adrian very well throughout their careers and today was no different," commented head coach Ali Alamdari.
The Bulldogs in particular will be losing three seniors on defense in Patti Vaassen, Katie Caruso and Claire Phillips. In addition, Wallace one of the best goalkeepers in school history will be moving on. Lauren Cozzi, Melissa Woolsey, Sam Greene and Courtney Pomeroy are also leaving a winning legacy at Adrian College.