by Eva Dean Folkert
One-hundred-eighteen minutes, 47 seconds. That's how much extra time the Hope College women's soccer team has played so far this season with six double overtime games on its résumé, time equal to an extra game and almost a third. Of those six OT games, five have been played to a tie as the Flying Dutch recorded another double overtime draw, this time against Kalamazoo College, 0-0, at Van Andel Soccer Stadium on Saturday.
Five tie games in one season is a new program record, surpassing four ties by the 1993 squad that went 10-4-4.
The game was the MIAA opener for the Flying Dutch who are 0-0-1 in the league and 1-2-5 overall.
As the final score indicated, the game was fairly evenly contested. Hope took 18 shots (four on goal) while Kalamazoo had 12 (five on goal). Kalamazoo took seven corner kicks; Hope took four.
The Flying Dutch had two solid chances in the second overtime especially, but the Hornet defense rose to each occasion.
"Kalamazoo had some good opportunities too," said Hope head coach Leigh Sears, "I just think ours might have been a tad bit better and that's been our struggle. We came out the second half today and said we're just going to try new people and I think those people did really well. We're so close. Then again, I'm tired saying we're so close."
"When the season started, we didn't have the depth," Sears added. "But some of our younger players are rising up now so we can use them more to get back to this rotation of playing hard with a lot of people. Early on we really couldn't do that. MeKenna VanKoevering had a really good game. Cassidy Broekhuizen too. Brinley (Nieuwenhuis) is playing two positions right now for us so people are starting to rise up. And we've got a lot of season left."
Hope continues its season with a non-league opponent on Tuesday, October 1. The Flying Dutch host Wheaton (Ill.) College at 7 p.m. at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.