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Men’s Soccer Gets Back on Winning Track With 1-0 Win at Kalamazoo

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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(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.

Chris Hughes Audio Interview

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Top-Ranked Men’s Soccer Team Suffers First Loss in 2-1 Defeat at Hope

Saturday, September 25, 2010

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(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.”

Dave DeKorne Photo Gallery

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Men’s Soccer Team Opens MIAA Campaign With 2-0 Victory Over Adrian

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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(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.

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Men’s Soccer Continues to Hold Top Spot in NSCAA Division III Top 25 Poll

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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The Calvin men’s soccer team continues to hold the top spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association Division III Top 25 poll. The Knights are ranked number-one in this week’s poll that was released earlier this afternoon. Calvin (6-0-0) returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Adrian at 4 p.m. at Calvin’s Zuidema Field. On Saturday night, Calvin will journey to rival Hope for a contest slated to start at 7 p.m. at Hope’s Van Andel Stadium.

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Lucas Wilgenburg Named MIAA Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week

Monday, September 20, 2010

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For the third time in his career, Calvin College senior Lucas Wilgenburg has been named the MIAA’s Defensive Player of the Week in men’s soccer. Wilgenburg, a senior from Visalia, Calif. (Central Valley Christian HS), anchored a tough Calvin defense as the Knights posted shutout wins over Carthage, Wis., 2-0, and Hiram, Ohio, 3-0, to improve to 6-0. A defensive back, Wilgenburg has been a part of a Calvin team that has outscored the opposition 15-2 through six games this fall. The Knights are currently the top-ranked team in Division III men’s soccer. Calvin returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Adrian at 4 p.m. at Calvin’s Zuidema Field.

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Men’s Soccer Shuts Out Hiram 3-0 - Ups Season Record to 6-0

Sunday, September 19, 2010

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HIRAM, OH – The top-ranked Calvin men’s soccer team remained unbeaten with a 3-0 victory at Hiram College Saturday afternoon. Playing nearby his hometown of Strongsville, Ohio, Calvin College senior Dan Kmetz enjoyed a happy homecoming by scoring the game-winning goal in the 34th minute of play, ripping in a 30-yard blast that knuckled over the Hiram goalkeeper and just under the crossbar.

Calvin (6-0-0) then received late second half goals from senior Brad Heethuis (Jenison/Unity Christian HS) and Joe Broekhuizen (Grand Rapids/South Christian HS) to put the game away.

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Men’s Soccer Claims 2-0 Win on Road at Carthage

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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KENOSHA, WI – The top-ranked Calvin men’s soccer team used a pair of second half goals to record a 2-0 victory at Carthage College Wednesday night. The Knights are now 5-0 on the year heading into their final non-conference game – a 3 p.m. tilt at Hiram College (OH) on Saturday.

Calvin held off an upset-minded Carthage team that had handed nationally-ranked Loras College a 2-1 defeat a week before behind a penalty kick by senior Scott Hooker (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) in the 59th minute of play and a scramble goal by senior Brad Heethuis (Jenison/Unity Christian HS) with exactly five minutes left to play.

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Men’s Soccer Continues To Hold Number-One Ranking in NSCAA Division III Poll

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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NSCAA Division III Top 25 Rankings

For the second consecutive week, the Calvin men’s soccer team is ranked number-one in the NSCAA Division III Top 25 poll. Calvin is currently 4-0 on the year and coming off weekend victories at Wheaton (IL) and North Central (IL). The Knights return to action Wednesday night, traveling to Carthage College (WI) for a 7 p.m. (EST) contest. The game will be (audio) broadcast on the Calvin website with sports information student assistant Nate Triezenberg calling all of the action at: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/calvin.portal

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Top-Ranked Men’s Soccer Team Defeats North Central 3-0

Saturday, September 11, 2010

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NAPERVILLE, IL - One night after defeating rival Wheaton 3-2, Calvin traveled across I-88 to face North Central College. Calvin kept up its winning ways against the Cardinals, handing the redbirds a 3-0 defeat. Ranked number-one in the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association Division III Top 25 poll, Calvin (4-0-0) scored all three of its goals in the first half. Senior Kurt Van Sickel (Pittsburgh, PA/Trinity Christian HS) put Calvin on the board in the 33rd minute of play, ripping in a shot off a set piece as senior Dan Kmetz (Strongsville, OH/Strongsville HS) tapped the ball to Van Sickel on a free kick who followed with a rocket into the back of the net for his second goal of the year.

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Top-Ranked Calvin Holds Off 18th-Ranked Wheaton 3-2

Friday, September 10, 2010

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WHEATON, IL - The top-ranked Calvin men’s soccer team survived a wild shootout at rival Wheaton in front of a standing room only crowd, topping the host Thunder by a 3-2 score. Calvin used first half goals from senior Kurt Van Sickel and freshman Zach Willis to build a 2-0 halftime lead but 18th-ranked Wheaton came roaring back with a pair of second half goals. A score by Calvin senior Kyle Billin proved to the difference however as the Knights picked up their third straight win over Wheaton including their second-ever win at Wheaton’s Joe Bean Stadium.

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