by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College women's soccer team scored one of its fastest goals in a match, but it wasn't enough.
The Flying Dutch dropped its first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association match of the season on Wednesday with a 2-1 defeat at Albion College.
The Britons charged back with two first-half goals, including the go-ahead goal on a penalty kick 45 seconds before halftime.
Hope fell to 4-4-6 overall and 3-1-2 in MIAA play. The Flying Dutch are in fifth place in the MIAA standings but two points out of third place with two league matches left in the regular season.
On Saturday, Hope hosts Saint Mary's at 12 p.m at Van Andel Soccer Stadium. On Tuesday, the Flying Dutch host fourth-place Alma College at 7 p.m. at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.
The top six teams in the MIAA standings advance to the league tournament. The top two seeds receive a bye. The third and fourth seeds host a first-round match.
Against Albion, Hope struck 75 seconds into the match after capitalizing on a failed Albion clearing attempt.
Junior forward Brinley Nieuwenhuis of Wayland, Michigan (Wayland HS) recorded her second goal of the season with a low, left-footed shot into the right corner of the net from just inside the penalty area.
It was the second goal of the season for Nieuwenhuis.
Albion (7-4-2, 4-1-1 MIAA) rallied behind the first two goals the Flying Dutch have allowed to a league opponent this season.
An unmarked Riley Burnette lifted a shot over the head of Hope goalie Jordanne Ellingboe of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven) to even the score in the 37th minute.
The Britons then took the lead 45 seconds remaining in the first half after a Hope foul in the penalty area gave Rayna Edwards a penalty kick. She buried it the right corner of the net.
Hope outshot Albion, 13-10. Ellingboe made four saves.