Women's Soccer Blanks Calvin, Lowers Magic Number To One

Grace Bubin and the nationally ranked Hope College women's soccer team are on the verge of repeating as Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champions.

The Flying Dutch won 2-0 at Calvin College Wednesday night to lower their magic number to one.

Hope, ranked No. 19 in the D3Soccer.com poll, needs one win over its final three league matches to claim the Flying Dutch's second MIAA title in a row and their sixth overall.

Hope's next match is Saturday against Saint Mary's College. Kickoff is noon at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.

The Flying Dutch are 13-1-1 on the season and 11-1-1 in MIAA play. They lead by second-place Kalamazoo College and Olivet College, who are 9-4-0 in league matches.

Hope beat Calvin for the seventh time in the past 10 matches behind second-half goals from Bubin and Allie Wittenbach.

Freshman goalie Jordanne Ellingboe of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven HS) made two saves for her 11th shutout of the season and the Flying Dutch's 12th.

Ellingboe entered the match tied for first in the nation with a .944 save percentage. Her save percentage is now .947.

The Flying Dutch have outscored opponents 51-4 this season, including a 37-2 edge in MIAA competition.

Bubin, pictured, snapped a scoreless tie 13 minutes, 19 seconds into the second half by chipping in a shot in the box. The junior from Rockford, Michigan (Rockford HS) now has a team-leading nine goals on the season after an assist from junior Rylie Dalton of Rockford, Michigan (Rockford).

Wittenbach sealed the outcome with 2:51 remaining in regulation after making a steal and scoring unassisted on a breakaway. The senior from Ada, Michigan (Forest Hills Central) has five goals on the season.

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