Last Second Heroics Do In Belles at Calvin
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - With the game knotted at 1-1, Calvin scored a goal with just 12 seconds left in regulation to hand the Saint Mary's soccer team a tough 2-1 loss on Wednesday.
The Belles came out looking to show Calvin that they were ready to play with the Knights on a soggy afternoon. Despite the fact that Calvin out-shot the Belles 14-4 in the first half, the Saint Mary's defense was up to the task of preventing a pesky Knights offense from getting on the scoreboard. In fact, both teams had multiple strong scoring opportunities that were turned away in the first half as the teams went into the midway break tied 0-0.
After halftime, Calvin would be the team to strike first as they were the beneficiaries of a redirection inside the box that turned into the first goal of the game in the 49th minute of play. The Belles would respond with a big five goal of their own to equalize. With the offense pressing, Kerry Puckett regained possession for the Belles in the Calvin half of the field. The sophomore defender connected with senior Michelle Marshall, who sent home the tying score for the Belles in the 54th minute of play.
Both teams would continue in much of the same fashion as both teams had looks at goal for the go-ahead score. The game appeared to be heading to overtime until an unsettled ball inside the Saint Mary's end of the field came to the feet of one of the Knights' players, who then sent the game-winner into the net with 12 seconds remaining on the clock.
For the contest, Calvin out-shot Saint Mary's by a 26-11 margin. Katelyn Tondo-Steele had a pair of shots on goal as she and teammates Taylor Paton and Keely Noonan registered multiple shots on the afternoon.
Chanler Rosenbaum had a season-high 11 saves in goal for the Belles.
The Belles (6-3, 2-3 MIAA) will return home to host Kalamazoo on Saturday, October 1, beginning at noon.