by Eva Dean Folkert
The Hope College women's soccer team overpowered John Carroll University (Ohio) in every category in a non-league match on Saturday. The Flying Dutch dominated on both offense and defense and shut out the Blue Streaks, 3-0, on the road in University Heights, Ohio.
Hope, ranked #13 nationally in Division III by the United Soccer Coaches, now owns a record of 6-0-1.
The Flying Dutch scored two goals a minute apart in the first half of this game. At 35:47, freshman forward Sarah Mikesell of Norton Shores (Mona Shores HS) scored when assisted by senior Rylie Dalton of Rockford (Rockford HS). It was Mikesell's second goal of the season and Dalton's first assist. Then at 36:48, senior Grace Bubin of Rockford (Rockford HS) scored her first goal of the season unassisted.
Dalton, pictured, added another unassisted goal near the end of the game in the 87th minute. It was her third score of the season.
Hope outshot JCU six times more overall (25-4) and four times more on goal (12-3). The Flying Dutch have scored 18 goals so far this season to average 2.57 goals per game with a 13.6% shot percentage.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jordanne Ellingboe of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) was credited with the shutout victory by recording three saves. It was her second shutout in-a-row and fourth of the season.
The Flying Dutch begin MIAA league play on Wednesday, Sept. 26 when they travel to Kalamazoo to take on the Hornets at 7:00 p.m.