by Alan Babbitt
A second tie in two days carried a much different meaning for the Hope College women's soccer team.
The Flying Dutch played Washington-St. Louis to a scoreless draw on Saturday in a matchup of nationally ranked teams at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.
Hope (0-0-2 overall) was ranked 15th in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III poll. WashU was third.
"It was a fantastic effort," head coach Leigh Sears said. "We knew it would take absolutely everything we had. I think they gave it to us. We were pleased with the effort."
The Flying Dutch kept WashU (1-0-1) off the board about 24 hours after playing George Fox (Oregon) to a 2-2, season-opening draw on Friday at home. Hope scored the tying goal in the final 3 ½ minutes in regulation.
Buoyed by 10 saves from junior goalie Jordanne Ellingboe of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven HS), pictured, Hope weathered a 27-6 edge in shots for WashU, including a 12-1 advantage during the first half.
Ellingboe's leaping one-handed save late in the second half thwarted WashU's best scoring chance.
"She's phenomenal," Sears said. "She's such an athlete."
The game was just the second together for an all new defensive backline of junior Brinley Nieuwenhuis of Wayland, MIchigan (Wayland), sophomore Anneliese Lockner of Geneva, Illinois (Geneva Community), freshman Erin Powers of Norton Shores, Michigan (Mona Shores) and freshman Kealeigh Usiak of Dimondale, Michigan (Lansing Christian).
Sears praised her defenders for stepping up the challenge on short rest.
"We told them after yesterday they didn't step hard enough, they didn't defend corners hard enough and they had to sell out," Sears said. "They were flying to everything (today)."