Goalie Jordanne Ellingboe has made her mark quickly for the Hope College women's soccer team.
The freshman from Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven HS) has accumulated 13 shutouts so far this season — tied for second-most in Flying Dutch history.
Ellingboe will make her 20th start today in the NCAA Division III Tournament second-round match at top-ranked University of Chicago. Kickoff is 1 p.m. Central.
Junior Morgan Buursma of Grandville, Michigan (Calvin Christian), said Ellingboe has been absolutely amazing this season for the 19-2-1 Flying Dutch.
"As a player, she is strong not only physically but mentally as well, especially being a freshman," Buursma said. "She shows up at every practice and game ready to play and ready to give it her all. All of us trust her completely. We feel so confident and lucky knowing she's behind us."
Ellingboe is two shutouts off of Holly Nestle's 2003 and 2005 school record for shutouts by a Hope goalie in a single season.
Ellingboe has been a part of 15 of the Flying Dutch's school-record 16 shutouts this season.
"Jordanne's a rock," junior defender Eliza Beird of Holland, Michigan (Black River). "She brings a lot of confidence to the team. She believes in us and we believe in her. She's agile and quick and is going to do everything in her power to keep the ball out of the net. As defenders, it's really comforting having her back there.
"She's one more solid line that the other team has to get through. When the defense makes a mistake and lets the other team get a shot off, we know she's gonna be there.
Nationally, Ellingboe ranks 10th in the nation with a 0.326 goals against average and 22nd with an 88.0 save percentage.
The eight goals Hope has allowed this season Ellingboe credits her teammates for their defensive success.
"The defenders have made my job really easy this season," Elllingboe said. "Coming into the season, I did not anticipate seeing the field much. They have done such a good job protecting me and giving me time to adjust to the higher level play and become more comfortable, which I am so grateful for. They continually work hard and communicate effectively all 90 minutes."