by Alan Babbitt
Caroline Burkhardt's timely charge powered the Hope College women's soccer team to a 2-2, season-opening tie against George Fox University (Oregon) on Friday at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.
The sophomore midfielder from Louisville, Kentucky (Martha Layne Collins HS), pictured at right, blasted in a goal from about 35 yards out with 3 ½ minutes remaining in regulation to tie the game.
Hope and George Fox then played 20 minutes of overtime at Van Andel Soccer Stadium without scoring and settled for a draw in their first all-time meeting.
The 15th-ranked Flying Dutch conclude their opening weekend on Saturday with a 4 p.m. home match against No. 3 Washington-St. Louis in a matchup of United Soccer Coaches poll ranked teams. WashU won at Calvin, 3-0, on Friday.
Burkhardt's first career goal developed after George Fox clearing attempt near its goal sent the ball up the middle of the field.
Junior midfielder Maria Egloff of Kalamazoo, Michigan (Loy Norrix) touched it back to Burkhardt, who launched a high shot that tucked under the crossbar and over the outstretched arms of the George Fox goalie.
Hope overcame two second-half goals from George Fox's Maggee Hodgdon, including one that put the Bruins ahead, 2-1, with 42:17 remaining in the second half.
Hodgdon answered 5 ½ minutes after sophomore Sara Mikesell of Norton Shores, Michigan (Mona Shores) pulled the Flying Dutch even with her fifth career goal. Junior Corinne Cole of St. Paul, Minnesota (Eastview) recorded the assist.
Both teams finished with 12 shots. Goalie Jordanne Ellingboe of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven) made seven saves.