The Scots Women's Soccer team continued MIAA action on Saturday when traveled to Olivet College and defeated the Comets by a score of 3-1. The victory improved Alma's record to 4-1-1 on the season and 1-0-1 in the league, while Olivet is now 0-6 in 2012 and 0-2 in the MIAA. League play will continue for the Scots on Wednesday when they host Calvin College beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Scotland Yard.
"I felt like we took our foot off the gas after building a 3-0 first half lead," said Alma Head Coach Jeff Hosler. "We learned very quickly that any team in the MIAA is capable of competing if you allow then to stay in the game. I was really proud of Cat Olson accepting her role today and I was impressed with how the team rallied around her."
The Scots did what a favored team should do and that is jump on your opponent early. Alma made it 1-0 at 3:16 when Fr. F Kelly Wilson (Midland, Mich./Dow) scored from four yards out on an assist by Jr. D/M Autumn Root (Haslett, Mich./Haslett). The visitors increased the lead to 2-0 at the 12:07 mark, as Jr. M/F Taryn Handyside (Montrose, Mich./Hill-McCloy) scored on a shot to the far post, assisted by So. M/F Kailey Vlug (Coopersville, Mich./Coopersville).
Fr. F Kalyn Berinti (Plymouth, Mich./Canton) gave the Scots a 3-0 halftime lead with a high shot goal from five yards out at 41:40, with the assist going to Handyside. Alma outshot the Comets by a 10-1 margin in the first half and controlled play throughout.
The only negative of the first half came at 25:36 when starting So. GK Rachel Doptis (Macomb Township, Mich./Dakota) had to leave the game with an injury. Since Doptis was the only true goalkeeper that was dressed, it meant that a position player had to take over in net. Those duties fell upon the shoulders of Jr. D/M Cat Olson (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney).
She performed admirably in her new role, stopping three of the four shots on goal in 64:24 of action. The only blemish on her afternoon was an Olivet goal at 49:47 that made the score 3-1, but Olson was steady and her defense strong in front of her to preserve the win. For the afternoon, Alma had 10 shots on goal to Olivet's four and also led in corner kicks by a margin of 8-0.