Trine Falls to Knights in Wet Conditions
ANGOLA, Ind. - Wet conditions led to several unlucky goals against the Trine University women's soccer team as they dropped their MIAA opener 4-2 to Calvin College. The Thunder are now 2-3 on the season and 0-1 in the conference.
The Knights took control of the game early as they scored just 3:46 into the game off a long shot from about 10 yards beyond the box. The Thunder tied the game in the 29th minute as sophomore Kristin Elliott (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) scored her team-leading third goal of the season. Freshman Morgan Baldwin (Amanda, Ohio/Amanda-Clearcreek) had a long throw in that found Elliott in the box who then headed the ball inside the far post.
The rains began to fall just before the end of the first half and continued to come down as the teams headed out for the second half. The Knights pounced quickly to open the half as they once again scored just three minutes in. Nine minutes later, the field conditions came into play as what would have been a normal save opportunity for senior keeper Jen Wall (New Haven, Ind./New Haven). A slick ball and wet hands turned into a goal for Calvin as the ball slipped through Walls hands giving the Knights a 3-1 lead. Calvin would add one more goal in the 79th minute.
With just 50 seconds left in the game, Calvin was called for a handball inside the box giving the Thunder a penalty kick opportunity. Sophomore Alyssa Goodnight (Atlanta, Ind./Hamilton Heights) stepped up the take the kick and buried the ball home in the top left corner, netting her first goal of the season.
Despite the soggy conditions, Wall made seven saves in goal on the afternoon including two spectacular leaping saves.
Calvin held a 16-to-6 shot margin including a 11-to-5 shot on goal advantage.
Trine will look to bounce back and earn their first conference win of the season when they host Hope College on September 17 at Noon.