Hope College women’s soccer faced off this week at Van Andel Stadium against MIAA rival Calvin College. The preseason MIAA coaches’ poll favored the Dutch this year, but Coach Sears and the team know that longtime powerhouse Calvin would be one of the greatest threats for the Hope squad this year. Hope-Calvin matchups are always exciting and almost always close, so it shocked fans of both teams when the Dutch stepped onot the field and promptly routed the Knights in a 4-0 performance.
The score was tied 0-0 at halftime, with neither team willing to bed. The second half, however, belonged to Hope. Grace Bubin (‘19) broke the ice for Hope at the 49:59 mark, followed by Rylie Dalton (‘19) with an assist from Hilary Curry (‘18) at the 57:08 mark. Next was Rachael Braginton (‘19) with an assist from Dalton at 66:32. And finally, Allie Wittenbach (‘18) had the final goal with an assist from Murphy Stadelmaier (‘19). The Dutch looked absolutely dominant, stepping fully into their place at the top of the MIAA. The Dutch face St. Mary’s next on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m.