by Alan Babbitt
Two second-half goals nine minutes apart sent the Kalamazoo College women's soccer team past Hope College, 2-0, on Wednesday night in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament semifinals at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.
The second-seeded Flying Dutch finish the 2019 season with a 6-5-6 overall record.
Third-seeded Kalamazoo (8-7-3) advanced to the Saturday, November 6 championship match at top-seeded Adrian College, a 5-2 winner against Albion College on Wednesday.
Kalamazoo snapped Hope's string of seven consecutive appearances in MIAA Tournament finals.
The Hornets broke a scoreless tie in the 60th minute when Kai Ketola recorded her third goal of the season. After a Hope turnover near midfield, Ketola capitalized on a run and buried a shot in the lower corner of the goal from 20 yards.
Nine minutes and 14 seconds, Libby Munoz headed in a deflection off a corner kick for Kalamazoo's second goal. The Hornets are just the second MIAA team to score on Hope this season.
Goalkeeper Hannah Wolfe posted a four-save shutout for Kalamazoo.
Hope goalie Jordanne Ellingboe of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven) made two saves.
"We thought we were peaking at the right time, but tonight wasn't our night. Credit to Kalamazoo, they played really hard and played really well," head coach Leigh Sears told the Holland Sentinel.