PELLA, IA – The women’s soccer team defeated the North Central Rams on Friday, 2-1 in overtime, but fell to the Dutch, 8-0 on Saturday.
In the first period, freshman forward Natascha Vinz (Sheboygan, MI) posted her fifth goal of the season just a minute and a half into the game. Maranatha’s defense held the Rams to just two shots compared to Maranatha’s eight, but finally relinquished a goal at the 61st minute. Seven minutes into overtime, Vinz struck again with her sixth goal off a corner kick by freshman midfielder Courtney Dunn (Oshkosh, WI), sending the team to a 2-1 record overall.
Sophomore goalkeeper Michala Marino (Grand Blanc, MI) came away with the win for a 2-1 record with three saves.
The Dutch of Central College in Pella, Iowa proved to be too much for the women’s soccer team this Saturday, as the Crusaders fell 8-0 for their second loss of the season. With only three shots on goal the entire game, the Crusaders struggled to find any flow or breakthrough on offense past the talented Dutch defensive front.
Although the Crusaders were able to hold the Dutch scoreless for the entire first half, forward Brittany Hinton (Davenport, IA.) broke through the Crusader defense merely three minutes into the second half for the Dutch’s first goal. Exactly three minutes later, senior forward Alayna Bailey (Des Moines, IA.) rifled a shot past sophomore goalkeeper Michala Marino (Grand Blanc, MI.) for her first goal of the game. Sixty-seven seconds later, Bailey scored again after some deft dribbling, only to score one more time on a header not two minutes later. This quick hat trick by Bailey put the score at 4-0, and had the Crusaders reeling.
The Dutch continued their scoring with goals by Jackie Bell (Johnston, IA.), Jordan Plante (Urbana, IA.), Emily Benson (Urbandale, IA.), and Alyssa Fuller (Marshalltown, IA.), all nearly seven minutes apart until the end of the game.
Goalkeeper Michala Marino recorded 11 saves during the game, and freshman Courtney Dunn (Oshkosh, WI.) led the Crusaders with 2 shots.
The Crusaders next match-up will be on Tuesday, September 17, against Alverno College in Milwaukee at 4 p.m., where they look to improve on their 3-2 current record.