PREVIEW: MIAA Women’s Soccer Co-Champs Collide as Kalamazoo Hosts Hope

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Thursday evening at 7 p.m., the Kalamazoo College Hornets and Hope College Flying Dutch meet for the first time in 2017 in women’s soccer.  Both finished at 12-2-2 last season in MIAA play, splitting the regular season crown.   Kalamazoo had the edge head to head, defeating Hope 1-0 in Holland, along with a 1-1 draw in their last meeting at Mackenzie Field.    Hope ended up with the MIAA tournament crown, defeating Alma in the final after Alma won in penalty kicks over Kalamazoo in the semifinal.

The Hornets sit at 3-2-0 overall and 2-1-0 in MIAA play thus far.   They got Alma back with a 3-1 road win Monday and also flattened St. Mary’s 7-0.   Calvin (third in the MIAA last season) got the better of Kalamazoo 2-1 in Grand Rapids last week.     Hope is 5-0-0 overall and 3-0-0 in the MIAA, shutting out Albion (3-0), Adrian (2-0), and Olivet (4-0) for their league wins.

Thursday’s contest can be heard online via the Slocum Sports Network and also seen and heard via the Kalamazoo College Livestream.   Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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