by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College women's soccer team will face host Otterbein College (Ohio) in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday, November 10 in Westerville, Ohio. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
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HOW THEY GOT HERE
Hope. The 18th-ranked Flying Dutch defeated Bridgewater College (Virginia) 1-0 in Friday's first-round match. Sophomore forward Corinne Cole scored the game-winning goal off an assist from senior midfielder Rylie Dalton. The shutout was the 12th of the season for Hope (15-2-2). The Flying Dutch only allowed one shot the entire match.
Otterbein. Two unanswered second-half goals lifted No. 24 Otterbein to a 2-1, come-from-behind victory against Dominican University (Illinois) in Friday's first-round match. Delaney Earl and Myiah Kelly scored in the 74th and 79th minutes for the Cardinals.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Hope. The Flying Dutch have outscored opponents by a 40-7 margin while spreading goal scoring around to 13 different players. Senior forward Hillary Curry and senior midfielder Rylie Dalton top Hope with seven goals apiece. Dalton was named the MIAA's Most Valuable Player and was joined on the All-MIAA First Team by Curry and senior defender Eliza Beard. All-MIAA Second Team selections for the Flying Dutch are senior forward Grace Bubin, senior defender Morgan Buursma, and senior defender Kristen Marsman. Starting keeper Jordanne Ellingboe has helped Hope blank 12 opponents this season. A sophomore, Ellingboe has been credited with 22 shutouts in her career — the second-most in team history.
Otterbein. The Cardinals (16-2-1) recently swept through the Ohio Athletic Conference unbeaten, claiming the program's ninth regular-season title and then notching a sixth tournament crown with a thrilling 1-0 overtime win against Ohio Northern. Otterbein has not lost since September 8, has 11 shutouts this season. Sophomore Belly Shivley broke the program's single-season record for most goals and currently has 16 to her credit. Devaney Early has 12 goals in her freshman season. Otterbein is making its first NCAA appearance since 2010, a season that ended at the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.
MEET THE COACHES
Hope. Leigh Sears is in her 18th season leading the Flying Dutch. She has a career record of 225-110-26 at Hope and 265 wins to her credit that includes a six-season stint at Marietta College (Ohio). She has guided the Flying Dutch to postseason play in four of the past five seasons and a school-record 19 wins during the 2017 season.
Otterbein. Brandon Koons is in his 20th season with the Cardinals. He has a career record of 274-86-34.
The Hope-Otterbeing winner will advance to next weekend's round of 16 at a site to be determined.