HAMDEN, Conn. – Former Quinnipiac women's soccer standout Kirsten van de Van shined for the Netherlands on Monday night, netting her first career World Cup goal in a 1-1 draw with Canada at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
In the 87th minute, trailing 1-0, Carmelina Moscato missed on a clearing attempt and Manon Melis slipped the ball to van de Ven, who was all alone at the edge of the area. Her blast found the top corner to pull Netherlands even with the host nation. It was the first goal Canada allowed at the tournament.
Van de Ven also appeared in the team's World Cup opener against New Zealand, a game in which the squad claimed a 1-0 victory. Unfortunately, after a 1-0 loss to China in the second game, the four points were not enough for the Netherlands to advance through to the knockout stage. Van de Ven's goal against Canada was her 17th international goal.
Van de Ven attended Quinnipiac University in 2004 and was named the North East Conference's Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year. She had 12 goals and 11 assists for a total of 35 points that season, ranking ninth all-time for most points in a single season. She played the rest of her college career for Florida State, as a team mate of Hermann Trophy winner Mami Yamaguchi.
Van de Ven plays professional soccer as a midfielder in the Damallsvenskan for FC Rosengård. She previously played for Tyresö FF and for Willem II Tilburg in her home country. She represented her country at the 2009 and 2013 editions of the UEFA Women's Soccer Championship.
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