Saturday, September 28, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
ADRIAN - The Calvin men’s soccer team traveled to Adrian on Saturday in a matchup of the top two teams in the MIAA. Both teams entered the contest at 2-0 in conference play. The Knights were 1-0-3 at Adrian the past four years, but with a pair of first half goals and strong defense, Calvin claimed its second win in five years at Performance Stadium. Calvin is now 4-3-0 overall and 3-0-0 in conference play while Adrian drops 4-3-2 overall and 2-1-0 in the MIAA. The Knights will next be in action on Tuesday when they travel to Olivet to face the Comets, with the match starting at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
ANGOLA, IN - The Calvin men’s soccer team stretched its win streak to three games with a 3-0 victory at Trine University Tuesday afternoon. Calvin (3-3-0 overall, 2-0-0 MIAA) took a 1-0 halftime lead on a first half goal by junior Travis Vegter (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) with junior Sean Broekhuizen (Grand Rapids/South Christian HS) picking up an assist on the play. The Knights then garnered a 2-0 advantage in the 53rd minute as freshman Stephan Hooker (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) tapped in a cross that was sent in by sophomore Taylor Pruis (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS). Vegter then scored his team-leading 11th goal of the year in 67th minute as he redirected a corner kick by freshman Matthew Koster (Pittsburgh, PA/Eden Christian Academy) into the net. Calvin finished with a 21-4 shots at goal advantage. Junior Andrew Claucherty (Sterling Heights/Bishop Foley) picked up the shutout in goal for the Knights. Calvin is back in action on Saturday when it travels to Adrian for a 2:30 p.m. contest.
Monday, September 23, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin midfielder Taylor Pruis its Offensive Player of the Week in men’s soccer for games played through Sept. 22. Pruis, a sophomore from Grand Rapids (GR Christian HS), scored two goals and assisted on two more in leading the Knights to a 5-1 victory over Hope in their MIAA opener. He also had a pair of assists in a 5-0 non-conference win over Bluffton, Ohio. Pruis is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in his career. Calvin is back in action on Wednesday when it travels to Trine for a 4 p.m. contest.
Friday, September 20, 2013
BLUFFTON, OH - The Calvin men’s soccer team found a way to outlast a torrential thunderstorm and a lengthy mid-game delay on Friday to record a 5-0 non-conference victory at Bluffton University. After 19 minutes of play, thunderstorms forced a two-hour weather delay. Undaunted, Calvin struck for three quick goals after the resumption of play to put the game away. Junior Travis Vegter scored three goals for his first collegiate hat-trick while sophomore Sam Hanover and senior Zach Willis also scored for the Knights. Hanover had a pair of assists as did sophomore Taylor Pruis. Junior Sean Broekhuizen had an assist in the win. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Claucherty had 12 saves for the Knights in recording the shutout win. Calvin will travel to Trine on September 25 for a conference match.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Story By Mark DeHaan/Photo by John Leerar
The Calvin men’s soccer team hosted the rival Flying Dutchmen of Hope College Tuesday afternoon in each team’s MIAA opener. The Knights entered the contest 0-3-0 while Hope was ranked eighth in the nation with a record of 4-1-1. Calvin, playing at home for the first time this year, treated a crowd of more than 1000 to an impressive 5-1 victory and its first win of the season. The margin of victory was Calvin’s largest over Hope since a 4-0 win in Holland in 2005. Calvin has now won its last five meetings against the Flying Dutchmen.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
By Jacob Kuyvenhoven
Ryan Souders was inspired. A former standout soccer player at Wheaton and currently the head men’s soccer coach at Calvin, Souders had never really needed any extra motivation to get the most out of himself on the pitch. But when he took some time to take a trip to impoverished areas Africa with Team World Vision, an internationally-recognized committee for social justice, he began looking for ways to integrate his love for soccer and a vision for social change. After a lot of hard work by multiple people and schools, a part of this vision is coming to Calvin College on September 17th. The event, which has been dubbed “The Knight of Nets,” has a simple yet effective concept, focusing for a game not on the nets present in sports, but on the mosquito nets that can save lives in Africa by helping prevent malaria. Every spectator that pays $10 at the Calvin/Hope men’s soccer or women’s volleyball games on the 17th will get a T-shirt and a barbeque dinner, but more importantly, $6 of that money will buy one mosquito net to be sent over to a third-world country.
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Monday, September 09, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin forward Travis Vegter its Offensive Player of the Week in men’s soccer for games played through Sept. 8. Vegter, a junior from Hudsonville (Unity Christian HS), earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors for the Knights at a tournament hosted by Milwaukee School of Engineering. He scored both of Calvin’s goals in a 3-2 loss to Loras, Iowa. Vegter is being honored as Player of the Week for the second time in his career. Vegter currently leads the Knights in scoring with five goals. The Knights are back in action on September 17 when they host rival Hope at 4:30 p.m. at Calvin’s Zuidema Field.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Repeated lightning strikes have caused the cancellation of the MSOE men’s soccer match with Calvin. The game was called with just over 33 minutes remaining and the scored tied at 1-1. According to NCAA rules, the result and statistics will not count. The match was the consolation contest for the Raider Invitational. The tournament is expected to resume with the championship game following the current lightning delay.At the conclusion of the tournament, Calvin junior Travis Vegter was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Offensive player after scoring two goals in Friday’s game vs Loras. Vegter was also named to the all-tournament team and joined on the all-tournament team by freshman teammate Stephan Hooker (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS).
Friday, September 06, 2013
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - The Calvin men’s soccer team dropped another hard-fought contest on Friday, falling 3-2 to the nationally-ranked DuHawks of Loras College in a first round game of the Milwaukee School of Engineering Raider Classic. A national semifinalist a year ago and ranked third nationally, Loras (3-0-0) took a 1-0 lead on a goal in the 39th minute of play. Calvin (0-3-0) was able to tie the game at one on a goal by junior Travis Vegter (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) in the 52nd minute with senior Ben Honeycutt (Grandville/South Christian HS) drawing an assist on the play. The Knights then suffered two bad breaks on long free kicks. The first came on an “own” goal as a Loras free kick was mistakenly headed backward into the Calvin goal by a Knight defender in the 60th minute. In the 68th minute, another long free kick was sent into the Calvin box. The free kick was not touched and subsequently took a hard bounce up and over Calvin goalkeeper Andrew Claucherty (Sterling Heights/Bishop Foley HS) and into the net to give the Duhawks a 3-1 lead. Calvin came back to within a goal at 3-2 as Vegter scored on an unassisted goal with 14 minutes left to play but the Knights could not score again. Calvin will take on Milwaukee School of Engineering in the consolation game on Saturday at noon.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
DELAWARE, OH – For the second straight day, the Calvin men’s soccer team was unable to hold on to a second half lead as the Knights suffered a 4-2 defeat to Kenyon College on the second day of competition at a tournament hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University. Against Kenyon, Calvin grabbed a 2-0 halftime lead on a pair of first half goals by junior Travis Vegter (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS). Vegter scored just 3:02 into the game off feeds from senior Zach Willis (Grandville/Unity Christian HS) and sophomore Taylor Pruis (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS). He then scored unassisted on a 25-yard blast in the 30th minute of play. The second half proved to be a different tale however as the Lords of Kenyon exploded for four second half goals including three in a span of 16 minutes. Vegter and junior Reed Bowden (Uxbridge, MA/Whitinsville Christian HS) were both named to the all-tournament team from Calvin. Calvin is back in action next Friday when it takes on Loras College in a tournament hosted by the Milwaukee School of Engineering.< 1 2 3 4 5 > Last »