by Alan Babbitt
Three-hundred, eight minutes and three seconds of frustration melted away quickly after Corinne Cole's right-footed kick buried the soccer goal in the back of the net for the Hope College women's soccer team.
Five minutes and 57 seconds later, the Flying Dutch reveled in the joy of victory following a 1-0 decision over Ohio Wesleyan University on Friday night at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.
Hope secured its first victory of the season when Cole snapped a nearly four-game scoreless stretch late in regulation. The junior from St. Paul, Minnesota (Eastview) blasted her first goal of the season in between the left goalpost and the opposing goalkeeper.
Photo of Corinne Cole by Lynne Powe
The Flying Dutch, playing the first of two home matches this weekend, upped their record to 1-2-3 overall with the non-league victory.
"We've been working so hard. We've been getting there, we just haven't put one in," head coach Leigh Sears said. "We said when we finally did that hopefully it opens the floodgates."
Hope returns to action on Saturday, September 21 with a 2 p.m. Youth Day match against John Carroll University (Ohio). There is a team poster giveaway and autograph session following the match.
In a defensive struggle, Cole's shot on goal was just the fifth of the entire match and third for the Flying Dutch.
"She has the potential to be really dangerous," head coach Leigh Sears said. "She's still figuring it out, but when you dribble down the end line, anybody's dangerous."
One goal was all Hope needed as the Flying Dutch recorded their second shutout of the season.
On her birthday, junior goalie Jordanne Ellingboe of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven) only had to make two saves for her 24th career shutout. She's now second all-time in shutouts at Hope behind Holly Nestle's 41 (2003-06).
Sears credited a backline with two sophomores in Addison Panse and Anneliese Lockner and two freshmen in Erin Powers and Kealeigh Usiak for supporting Ellingboe again. The Flying Dutch graduated its entire defensive backfield from last season.
"I think our defense is doing great. That was the thing we were worried about, and they have stepped up and have done a really great job," Sears said "We need to start scoring to take some of the pressure off of them, but they're keeping us in every game."
Corinne Cole Interview