Women's Soccer Strikes Quickly, Scores 2-0 Win at Trine

Brinley Niewenhuis poses for a headshot. by Alan Babbitt

Brinley Nieuwenhuis did not hesitate when the ball from Hope College teammate Caroline Burkhardt landed at her feet.

The junior forward from Wayland, Michigan (Wayland HS) buried her first goal of the season early in the first half and sparked the Flying Dutch to a 2-0 victory at Trine University on Tuesday. Nieuwenhuis is pictured at right.

The Flying Dutch took control with two first-half goals for the second time in three games.

Hope raised its record to 3-3-6 overall and 2-0-2 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play. 

The Flying Dutch are in fifth place in the MIAA standings but only two games out of second place and one fewer league games played. Hope hosts league-leading Adrian College on Saturday, October 19 at 12 p.m. at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.

Head coach Leigh Sears called the Nieuwenhuis kick — in the 18th minute — the best-looking shot Hope has produced so far this season.

"She turned and ripped it. It was a great shot," Sears said. "We've worked a lot on that. When you shoot, you've got to put a solid foot on it so it has a chance."

Burkhardt, a sophomore midfielder from Louisville, Kentucky (Martha Layne Collins), registered her second assist of the season on the Nieuwenhuis goal.

The Flying Dutch extended their lead to 2-0 in the 32nd minute when they scored off a corner kick.

Senior midfielder Megan Bigelow of Flushing, Michigan (Flushing) headed in the corner kick from freshman defender Erin Powers of Norton Shores, Michigan (Mona Shores).

It was the second goal of the season for Bigelow and the first assist for Powers.

Hope outshot Trine (3-7-2, 0-4-1 MIAA) by a 14-5 margin, but both teams finished with three shots on goal.

The Flying Dutch recorded their seventh shutout of the season and third in a row. Hope has not allowed a goal to an MIAA opponent so far this season.

The shutout was the 28th in the career of junior goalie Jordanne Ellingboe of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven). She ranks second all-time at Hope.

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