Calvin Nips Mount St. Joseph In Double-Overtime To Open Tourney

Junior Natalie Veurink's goal with 8:15 left in the second overtime lifted the Knights to the dramatic win

Nov. 14, 2008

GRAND RAPIDS—Chances are, Calvin College head coach Mark Recker will never forget his 50th birthday. The eighth-year Calvin head coach celebrated his 50th birthday with a 1-0 double overtime victory over the College of Mount St. Joseph Friday afternoon in a first round NCAA III Tournament game at Calvin’s Zuidema Field.

Junior Natalie Veurink’s goal with 8:15 left in the second overtime lifted the Knights to the dramatic win over the visiting Lions. Veurink’s game-winning goal was set up by a slotted pass by sophomore Elaine Schabel through the right side of the box after Schnabel had broken free through the left wing.

Veurink was able to receive the pass, and maintain her footing while being pressured by a defender. With the goalkeeper moving to the near post, Veurink sent a perfectly placed shot just inside the far post for her ninth goal of the year.

“At halftime we had talked about attacking the middle instead of the flanks,” said Recker after the win who improved to 124-28-12 in eight years at Calvin. “After the first overtime, I also told our team to relax and that our opportunity would come. On the winning play, I thought Elaine and Natalie were both very composed and did not panic.”

Calvin (18-2-1) will face the University of Chicago (14-5-1) in a second round game on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. (EST). The game has been moved to Eagle Stadium on the campus of Grand Rapids Christian High School due to poor field conditions at the conclusion of Friday’s first round games at Calvin’s Zuidema Field. Eagle Stadium features an artificial turf field.Directions to Grand Rapids Christian High School

Chicago advanced to Saturday’s second round game with a convincing 4-0 win over Wittenberg in a first round match Friday afternoon.

Saturday’s Calvin/Chicago match will mark the second meeting of the year between the two schools as the teams finished in a 1-1 double-overtime tie at Calvin on September 10.

“I think it will be two good teams that will go at each other,” said Recker. “The move to a turf field will definitely create a different style of play and both teams will have to make some adjustments. We hope that the emotion of today’s game will energize our team and help sustain our play.”

Calvin finished Friday’s victory over Mount St. Joseph (14-5-2) with a 13-5 shots at goal advantage but Mount St. Joseph goalkeeper Kelly Bare came up with five big saves including a pair of point-blank stops off Calvin corner kicks and another big save on a shot in the box by Veurink early in the second half.

Mount St. Joseph also had a handful of quality scoring chances. A shot by Megan Smith in the opening minutes of the second half nearly eluded Calvin goalkeeper Kayla Sulzer. Sulzer was then forced to make a leaping stab in the first overtime when the Lions were awarded a free kick from the 30-yard line and Jessica Jester followed with a blast headed to lower right hand corner of the goal.

Sulzer finished with three saves for the Knights, playing the second half and overtime sessions. Junior Alyssa Bergsma went the first half for Calvin and had one save.

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