By Dean Holzwarth
A frustrating trend continued for the Hope College women's soccer team on Saturday afternoon in its rivalry match at Calvin University.
The Flying Dutch and Knights played to a 0-0 tie at Zuidema Field as 90 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtimes couldn't produce a winner or goal.
It was an all-too-familiar outcome for Hope, which recorded its sixth tie this season and is one tie away from matching the NCAA Division III record for ties in a season. The record of seven has been accomplished by five teams, the most recent by Emory and Pacific Lutheran in 2012.
It also was the fourth time this season the Flying Dutch did not tally a goal in a tie. They are one away from tying another NCAA DIvision III record as well. Cal Lutheran had five games end in a scoreless tie last season and Ithaca did the same in 1989.
"We've struggled to score all year," Hope coach Leigh Sears said. "We've scored, I think, five goals in the last two games and done well, but didn't score again today."
Hope, which shut out a sixth opponent this season, slipped to 2-3-6 overall and 1-0-2 in the MIAA. The Flying Dutch sit in fifth place in the MIAA standings.
Despite scoring only nine goals in 11 games the entire season, the offensive output had picked up for the Flying Dutch the past two games. Hope scored twice in a loss to Wheaton (Ill.), and then tallied three goals in a shutout win against Olivet.
"I think it's always very difficult to play here because it's a small field and they play well at home," Sears said. "We've had great teams and it's been hard to come here and win so we knew it would be hard. I just thought we would score a goal."
Calvin, which hasn't scored a goal in the past four games, outshot Hope 17-10 and had more quality scoring opportunities.
Early in the second half, Hope junior goalie Jordanne Ellingboe of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS), made a key stop in front of the off a corner kick that was almost headed in by Calvin's Kayla Beebe.
"They had better chances than we did, and we cleared one of theirs off the line," Sears said. "I mean, I'm not happy with the tie, but it's better than a loss."
Ellingboe finished with nine saves.
Hope returns to action Tuesday, October 15 with a 4 p.m. game at Trine University.