On Friday afternoon, the Alma College Women's Soccer team played Hope College in the first of two MIAA Tournament Semi-Final matches hosted by Calvin College. The Flying Dutch scored three second half goals to defeat the Scots by a score of 3-2, ending Alma's season.
The Scots finish the 2012 campaign with a final record of 13-6-2, while Hope is now 14-5-2 as they head into the league championship.
"Blowing a well deserved 2-0 halftime lead is a rough one to deal with, especially after being so disciplined in the first half and executing our game plan to perfection," said Alma Head Coach Jeff Hosler. "This was a young team coming into camp back in August and we got even younger when we lost Brittany for the year halfway through. This season taught us many lessons and I'm looking forward to seeing how we learn and grow from them.
"Today's result should provide some additional motivation in the long offseason. At this level, we need to be able to make a 2-0 lead stand up in a situation like this one."
At 5:38, Fr. M Agatha Weddle (White Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Northern) scored from ten yards out on a through ball from Jr. M Taryn Handyside (Montrose, Mich./Hill-McCloy) for a 1-0 Alma lead. Then, at 12:55, Handyside scored unassisted on a one timer from 25 yards out, giving the Scots a 2-0 advantage.
After one half, Hope had an edge in shots by a margin of 9-5, including 4-3 in shots on goal. For Alma, So. GK Rachel Doptis (Macomb Township, Mich./Macomb Dakota) saved all four shots that came at her in the first 45 minutes.
The Flying Dutch jumped on the Scots in the early portion of the second half and scored two goals in the first seven minutes to tie the game. At 50:25, Rachel Rebhan scored on a direct free kick into the corner, and less than two minutes later, Hope notched the contest at 2-2. The tying goal came on a shot by Lindsay Bieri from inside the 18 box from a corner kick from Rebhan at 52:18.
The game-winning goal came at 83:07, when Katie Gabriel scored on a shot from 12 yards out off of a corner from Rebham. The tally gave Hope a 3-2 advantage and they were able to hold off the Scots for the final seven minutes to earn the victory.
For the game, Hope outshot Alma by a final mark of 16-7, including 9-5 in shots on goal. In addition, the Flying Dutch had nine corner kicks to just one for the Scots. So. F Mackenzie Smith (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel) paced Alma with four total shots and two on goal. Doptis ended the afternoon with six total saves in net for the Scots.