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It appeared that Kalamazoo College and Hope College were headed to overtime Thursday evening, but a goal by sophomore forward Libby Munoz with 32.6 seconds remaining gave Kalamazoo a 1-0 victory. Watch the goal here.
Munoz’s team-leading sixth goal pushed the Hornets to 4-2-0 overall and 3-1-0 in MIAA play. Hope drops to 5-1-0 overall and 3-1-0 in MIAA play. Full stats from the match can be found here.
Kalamazoo returns to action at Trine Sunday. Hope hosts Calvin Saturday. The full broadcast from Thursday can be seen here.
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.
In a rematch of last season’s MIAA tournament championship, depending champion Kalamazoo College hosted and defeated Hope College 8-7 in ten innings, taking the #2 vs #3 seed first round game. It was the first-ever home tournament game for the Hornets and it had no shortage of drama. A full box score and recap can be found here
Kalamazoo led most of the contest, getting a run in the first inning and two in the second. The Flying Dutchmen plated one in the fourth and one in the seventh, followed by a Hornet run in the bottom of the seventh. Hope grabbed the lead on four runs in the top of the eighth inning, but three in the bottom of the frame put Kalamazoo again ahead.
Hope tied it at 7-7 in the top of the ninth on a Mason Opple RBI single. Kalamazoo loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t cash in, forcing extras. In the bottom of the tenth, Jordan Wiley gave Kalamazoo a lead-off double. After a hit batsman, the single-season Hornet RBI record holder, Ian Kobernick, brought in his 51st run of the season for the 8-7 victory. Relieve the final at-bat here:
The win puts Kalamazoo at 29-12 overall and sends them to the semifinal of the four-team double-elimination tournament Thursday at noon against 1 seed Adrian. Hope falls to 24-17 and plays #4 Calvin at 3 p.m. in an elimination game. The remainder of the tournament Thursday and Friday will be played at Adrian College.
When these squads last met, it was for the MIAA Conference tournament championship. After splitting two meetings in the tournament, the Hornets took the decisive third game 3-1 and secured their first ever trip to the NCAA tournament. In total last season, Kalamazoo and Hope met seven times with the Dutchmen winning three of four in the regular season.
So far this spring, the squads have similar records. The Hornets are 11-6 overall and 4-4 in MIAA play, while the Dutchmen are 12-6 overall and 5-3 in the MIAA. Kalamazoo is tied for fourth with Calvin, while Hope is sitting third behind Adrian (7-1) and Trine (6-2). The Hornets started league play with a four-game sweep of Albion, followed by a four-game sweep at the hands of Adrian. The Dutchmen began their conference slate by taking three of four over Alma, then splitting four against Calvin.
Video coverage will be provided by the K-College Livestream for the games at Kalamazoo, now set for Monday. Saturday’s games for Hope are still on the schedule for now.