On a day where the Alma College Women's Soccer team broke into the national top 25 rankings for the first time in school history, the Scots faced the challenge of hosting MIAA rival Hope College at Scotland Yard.
In a battle of league unbeatens, Alma scored a late goal and came away with a thrilling 3-2 victory. The #24 ranked Scots are now 4-0-1 in the league and 7-1-1 overall, while Hope is 3-1 in the MIAA and 6-2 in 2012.
"For the first time all season, we put ourselves in a hole early, but our girls responded well and evened the score going into halftime," remarked Scots Head Coach Jeff Hosler. "We made several adjustments in our style of play over the last 24 hours, so I give the girls a lot of credit for implementing those and finding success today. Collectively we played as complete a match as we had dating back to the Adrian game."
On a warm and sunny early fall afternoon, the Flying Dutch struck first and early, as they scored a goal at the 1:12 mark for a quick 1-0 advantage. The Scots did not panic however, and they tied it at 1-1 when Fr. M/F Agatha Weddle (White Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Northern) scored a goal assisted by Fr. M/F Katy Stephan (Lansing, Mich./DeWitt) at 21:41. The teams would go into halftime deadlocked at 1-1.
The Scots took a 2-1 lead at 54:46 when Fr. F Kelly Wilson (Midland, Mich./Dow) hit the back of the net, assisted by Jr. D/M Autumn Root (Haslett, Mich./Haslett). The home team hoped that would prove to be the game-winner, but Hope kept up the pressure and was able to get the equalizer at 77:24, tying the match at 2-2.
Just when it looked like the two teams were headed to overtime, Wilson took a long pass from So. D Samantha Waldrop (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and broke in free on the net. Wilson took her time and booted the ball past Hope GK Megan Altieri for a 3-2 lead at 86:22. The Scots would hold on from there to secure the victory.
Each team had five shots on goal during the game, and Alma was led by Wilson, who had three on the afternoon. So, GK Morgan Waier (Macomb Township, Mich./Macomb Dakota) earned the win with three saves for the Scots.
Alma travels to Kalamazoo on Thursday evening to take on the Hornets in another MIAA contest. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.