Men’s soccer defeated by Olivet and Wheaton
The men’s soccer team faced up against Olivet last Wednesday in their conference opener. The Knights and Comets battled for the win the entire game, going back-and-forth with goals, but ended with a 6-5 score in the Comets’ favor.
The Knights were the first to find the back of the net off a header by senior Nick Holtrop who received the cross from junior Zach Willis at the 6:22 mark. Calvin quickly struck again just four minutes later with a goal by sophomore Travis Vegter after a header by Willis — Vegter broke through the defense to receive the header and then tapped the ball past the keeper.
Holtrop scored again, 15 minutes later, off a throw in by sophomore Reed Bowden, and then took a 4-0 lead off a shot by sophomore Sean Broekhuizen from 35 yards out; blocked by the keeper but recovered by freshman Taylor Pruis for a goal.
Olivet scored at the 43:30 mark towards the end of the first half, giving them the momentum they needed to score the next five goals.
Holtrop scored his third goal to complete his hat-trick, but the Knights did not have enough in them to mount a comeback.
On Friday, the men’s soccer team headed to Wheaton to face Coach Ryan Souder’s alma mater. Souders was the starting goalie on Wheaton’s 2006 national runner-up team.
Wheaton struck first with two first half goals. In the 62nd minute, a Wheaton attack scored their third goal from distance.
Calvin’s Pruis put the Knights on the board with a shot from inside the box with 7:37 left in the game. Broekhuizen was credited with the assist. Wheaton won the match 3-1. Wheaton outshot Calvin 23-10. Calvin’s senior goalkeeper Jared Rushlau had five saves.
The Knights host Albion on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. on Zuidema Field.