06 Nov Hope College women’s soccer claims MIAA title
HOLLAND – Erin Powers and her Hope College teammates grabbed the crystal MIAA soccer trophy and ran to midfield and posed for photos with it after the game.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” the Hope junior said. “We’ve been working for this all season and you just hope you can be standing here in the tournament final holding the trophy. It’s a lot of fun.”
The Hope College women’s soccer team beat Trine University 3-1 on Saturday afternoon to win the MIAA Tournament championship for the first time since 2018.
Shockingly, Hope scored all three goals on corner kicks. Two by defender Anneliese Lockner and one by Cassidy Broekhuizen.
“Thank goodness for her head today,” Hope coach Leigh Sears said of Lockner scoring on two headers. “It’s a big deal. That’s a big game for a defender.”
Lockner, a senior defender, entered the season with no goals in her career. Then she scored off a corner kick on Oct. 23 against Kalamazoo. Now she has three goals.
“It’s a great feeling,” Lockner said. “We’ve been trying to take advantage of our corner kicks and we got the chance to do it today. But to score 3-for-3 is amazing.”
Hope College improves to 13-4-2 and automatically advances to the NCAA tournament.
Just 1:06 into the game, Hope got its first corner kick. Erin Powers sent the corner into the box and it found Lockner, who headed it into the net. Then just 3:59 to go in the game, the Flying Dutch got their second goal. Powers again got the corner kick. The ball found Sarah Mikesell who passed the ball to Cassidy Broekhuizen for the goal. It was the second goal of the season for Broekhuizen, a junior.
Trine got its lone goal at the 23 minute mark when Teresa Ashbrook scored her 17th goal of the season, which leads the MIAA.
“I think we scored two goals so fast that we got ramped up and then there was a big crash,” Sears said. “We had to hold on in the first half; we did much better in the second half. They’ve got a really dangerous forward up top in No. 18 (Ashbrook) and she’s gonna wreak havoc for years. We did everything we could to manage her.”
The Flying Dutch padded its lead in the 38th minute. Powers again had the corner kick and again found the head of Lockner.
“That’s insane,” Powers said. “I don’t think I’ve ever played in a game where that has happened. I was like ‘just put it on Lock’s head’ and she finished today. It worked. She was just there and ready.”
So is Lockner the new offense force on the team?
“Absolutely not,” Lockner said with a laugh. “We have so many amazing forwards on this team and they’ve done so well. But I guess today was my chance to help the team out.”
Hope College goalkeeper Isabelle Bertolone got the win in net. The senior had been a backup keeper her entire Hope career. But she has started the last five games for the Flying Dutch and is 4-0-1 and has only allowed two goals.
“She’s been great,” Sears said. “To not play the first half of the year and jump in there like nothing happened, she’s been awesome for us.”
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