Thursday, October 21, 2010
The first set of NCAA III fall sports regional rankings have been released and three Calvin teams are ranked. In men’s soccer, Calvin is ranked second in the Central Region. In women’s soccer, Calvin is ranked fifth in the Central Region. In volleyball, Calvin is ranked fourth in the Great Lakes Region. The regional polls are used by the respective regional committees as guides for selection to the NCAA III Tournament at the conclusion of the regular season of each respective sport.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
By Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice
For the second time this season the Flying Dutch of Hope stunned Calvin with late game heroics as the Knights fell at home 2-1 Wednesday afternoon in another intense rivalry match. Calvin would score early on in the game and take the lead into the second half, but Hope rallied with two goals to defeat the Knights again for the third straight contest between the two rivals. Calvin remains three points behind league-leading Kalamazoo with the Knights scheduled to host the Hornets (18 points) on Saturday. Calvin drops into a fourth place tie with Hope however (15 points) as Adrian is second (17 points) and Olivet (16 points) third in the league standings.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
(by sports information student assistant Derek Neice)
ADRIAN - On the road and against a tough Adrian team Saturday afternoon, the Knights led early but were not able to hold on for a win, settling instead for a 1-1 double overtime tie against the Bulldogs. Calvin created a number of chances on goal but had trouble testing Adrian’s keeper with good shots, and goalkeeper Ryan Bratt (Silver Spring, MD) also made some huge saves to keep Calvin from falling behind.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
ANGOLA, IN - The see-saw MIAA men’s soccer race took another twist on Tuesday as Calvin tied Trine 1-1 Tuesday afternoon. The tie drops Calvin out of sole possession of first place in the MIAA standings and into second place, two points behind Kalamazoo (5-2-0 MIAA) which defeated Albion 3-0 on Tuesday. Calvin (4-1-2 MIAA) holds a one-point lead over third place Adrian, Olivet and Trine which are all 4-2-1 on the year. Calvin got on the board in the 54th minute on a goal by senior Lucas Wilgenburg on shot off a corner kick play. Trine came back to tie the game five minutes later however and neither team would score again. Calvin finished with a 16-15 shots at goal advantage. Calvin goalkeeper Ryan Bratt had five saves for Calvin in the contest.
Saturday, October 09, 2010
(written by sports information student assistant Derek Neice)
On a beautiful sunny day at Calvin’s Zuidema Field the nationally-ranked Knights scored seven goals en route to their 10th victory of the season.
Calvin wasted no time in taking control, scoring four goals in the first fifteen minutes of the game. Justin Ahearne (Hudsonville, MI) scored a hat-trick in those first fifteen minutes of the game, all on the receiving end of Calvin set pieces from senior Dan Kmetz (Strongsville, OH). Aside from Ahearne’s early hat trick, Calvin goals came from senior Brad Heethuis (Jenison, MI) in the 9thh minute, junior Tyler Vegter (Hudsonville, MI) in the 49th minute, sophomore Nick Holtrop (Hudsonville, MI) in the 57th minute, and sophomore Chris Nance (Washington, MI) in the 60th minute.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
ALMA - The nationally-ranked Calvin men’s soccer team moved into a tie for first place in the MIAA standings with a 2-0 victory at Alma Saturday afternoon. Ranked 18th nationally in the Division III Coaches Poll and seventh in the d3soccer.com Top 25 poll, Calvin (9-1-1 overall) moved to 3-1-1 in the MIAA with the win, moving one point ahead of Adrian, Hope, Kalamazoo and Trine which are all just one point behind. Calvin is tied for first place with Olivet which defeated Trine 1-0 Wednesday. Olivet is also 3-1-1 in league play. In its win over Alma, Calvin scored a goal in each half. Freshman Zach Willis scored his fourth goal of the year on a play midway through the first half as he drilled a shot in from the 18. The clinching goal came late in the second half as junior Justin Ahearne redirected a shot into the net off a free kick by Dan Kmetz. The goal by Ahearne was his second of the year. Senior Ryan Bratt picked up the shutout victory for Calvin in goal - his eighth of the year and 11th of his career. Calvin will host Albion on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 02, 2010
The nationally-ranked Calvin men’s soccer team battled Olivet to a 0-0 tie Saturday afternoon at Calvin’s Zuidema Field. The Knights outshot Olivet 15-9 but could not come up with a go-ahead goal. Olivet goalkeeper Ethan Felsing was stellar in nets, collecting eight saves including a pair of point blank stops on shots by Calvin’s Brad Heethuis early in the first half that appeared headed for the back of the net. Calvin (8-1-1 overall, 2-1-1 MIAA) will travel to Alma next Wednesday for a 4 p.m. match.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
(written by sports information student assistant Andrew Knot)
KALAMAZOO - After a disappointing loss to Hope last weekend, the Calvin men’s soccer team rebounded with a 1-0 conference victory over Kalamazoo on Tuesday. The Knights had struggled to maintain possession against the Flying Dutchmen on Saturday, and responded by taking control of the ball on the pitch at Kalamazoo’s MacKenzie Field.The game remained scoreless in the first half, with Calvin outshooting the Hornets 9-0. In the 64rd minute, senior Kurt Van Sickel scored on a low driven shot from the left side of the eighteen, giving Calvin a 1-0 lead.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
(story written by sports information student assistant Derek Neice)
HOLLAND - A year after losing in heartbreaking fashion to Hope in double overtime, top ranked Calvin came back to Holland Saturday night and suffered similar agony as the Knights fell to their rivals 2-1, Calvin’s first loss of the season.
Coming in undefeated and ranked #1 in the nation, Calvin was not able to control the game to its own pace, and Hope took advantage.
“It was a great battle by both teams,” Coach Hughes commented afterward. “If we learn one thing, it’s that we need to have two good halves in this type of environment.”
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
(written by sports information student assistant Derek Neice)
As conference play gets underway, the top-ranked Knights of Calvin got down to business Wednesday afternoon as they defeated the Bulldogs of Adrian by a score of 2-0. Calvin completely had the bulk of the offensive firepower throughout the game, amassing a 28-5 shot advantage, with 10 of those shots being on net. Goals for Calvin were scored by sophomore Joe Broekhuizen (Grand Rapids, MI) and junior Tyler Vegter (Hudsonville, MI) as the Knights rolled to their seventh straight victory of the season and first win in MIAA play.Senior Ryan Bratt pitched another shutout in goal for Calvin, recording three saves. Calvin (7-0-0 overall) returns to action on Saturday, traveling to rival Hope for a 7 p.m. game at Van Andel Stadium.« First < 16 17 18 19 20 > Last »