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Family Tree Connections Are Rich With Calvin Men’s Soccer Team Heading Into NCAA III Final Four

Monday, November 30, 2009

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Calvin Men's Soccer NCAA III Final Four Notes

By Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

For the past 30 years, the Calvin men’s soccer team has played on the same field against the same opponents.  Not much has changed.  Chris Hughes now coaches the team, but Dr. Marv Zuidema, after whom the field is named, still faithfully paces the sideline during games.  The uniforms may have changed, but the bloodlines that don those uniforms have not.

Both junior Brad Heethuis and freshman Joe Broekhuizen have fathers who played on the Calvin soccer team under then head coach Marv Zuidema.  Even more, Randy Heethuis and Brian Broekhuizen were teammates on the team that advanced further than any team in Calvin history, the 1980 national quarterfinals. 

Until this year, that is.

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Calvin Men’s Soccer Team to Face Dominican (IL) In NCAA III Semifinals in San Antonio

Monday, November 23, 2009

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NCAA III Interactive Bracket

The field for the NCAA III Final Four in men’s soccer is set. Joining Calvin in the Final Four field will be defending national champion Messiah (PA), Williams (MA) and Dominican (IL).

The semifinals are scheduled to be held December 4 at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.

Calvin (17-4-3) will face Dominican (19-1-3) at 8:30 p.m. (EST) with Messiah (22-1-0) facing Williams (17-2-2) in the first semifinal. The first semifinal game is scheduled for 6 p.m. (ET). The semifinal winners will play in the championship game on Saturday, December 5 at 6 p.m. (EST).

The Calvin/Dominican game will feature a live video broadcast through the NCAA Web site at: NCAA Calvin/Dominican Video Broadcast

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Calvin Men’s Soccer Team Final Four Bound!! Wins Shootout 4-3 Over Transylvania After 1-1 OT Tie

Saturday, November 21, 2009

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PITTSBURGH, PA - For the first time in school history, the Calvin men’s soccer team is headed to the NCAA III Final Four. The Knights advanced to the national semifinal with a 4-3 shootout victory over Transylvania Saturday night in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The game finished in a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Transylvania scoring a late second half goal to tie the game at one. In the shootout, Calvin junior goalkeeper Ryan Bratt came up with three clutch saves with freshman Chris Nance scoring the clinching goal in the shootout.

The NCAA III Final Four is scheduled to be held December 4 and 5 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo Courtesy of Carnegie-Mellon Sports Information)

NCAA III Men’s Soccer Final Four Information

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Men’s Soccer Advances to NCAA III Quarterfinals With 2-1 Win Over Carnegie-Mellon

Saturday, November 21, 2009

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PITTSBURGH, PA – The Calvin men’s soccer team has advanced to the national quarterfinals of the NCAA III Tournament. The Knights moved on in the NCAA III Tournament with a 2-1 victory over host Carnegie-Mellon late Friday night.

Calvin (17-4-2) will face Transylvania in Saturday’s national quarterfinal at 7:00 p.m. (EST). Transylvania advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals by winning a penalty kick shootout over Swarthmore Friday night.

The contest will mark Calvin’s second foray into the national quarterfinals as the Knights also achieved the feat in 1980.

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Greg Snapper Named ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American In Men’s Soccer

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men's Soccer Announcement

Calvin College senior Greg Snapper has been named an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American in men’s soccer.

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Snapper has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team in the college division in men’s soccer. The college division includes NCAA II and III institutions as well as schools from the NAIA ranks.

The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America program is voted on by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America (CoSIDA).

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Men’s Soccer Headed to Carnegie-Mellon - Women’s Soccer Headed to Augustana for Sectionals

Monday, November 16, 2009

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The upcoming opponents for the Calvin men’s and women’s soccer teams are now in place for the third round of the NCAA III Tournament. The Calvin men’s soccer team (16-4-1) will face a Carnegie-Mellon (PA) team which defeated Medaille (NY) 1-0 yesterday afternoon. The other two teams in the sectional bracket will include Swarthmore (16-2-2) and Transylvania (16-3-1).

Located in Pittsburgh, Carnegie-Mellon has also been selected to host the sectional Friday and Saturday (November 20 and 21). Swarthmore will take on Transylvania in the first game with the Calvin/Carnegie-Mellon game set to follow at 7:30 p.m.

On the women’s side, Calvin (15-4-1) will face College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin champion Augustana (IL) as part of a four-team sectional hosted by Augustana. The Calvin/Augustana game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. (EST). The sectional will also include Wheaton (IL) and Washington University of St. Louis. Wheaton and Wash. U will play in the second game on Friday. Friday’s winners will play in the national quarterfinal game at Augustana at 7:00 p.m. (EST).

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Men’s Soccer Advances to Round of 16 of NCAAs With Shootout Win Over Wartburg

Saturday, November 14, 2009

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WHEATON, IL—The Calvin men’s soccer team is headed to the Round of 16 after winning a penalty kick shootout over Wartburg (IA) 3-2 Saturday night in a second round game of the NCAA III Tournament played at Wheaton College.

Calvin (16-4-2) will face the winner of a second round game between Carnegie-Mellon (PA) and Medaille (PA) next weekend at a site yet to be determined.

Saturday’s game between Calvin and Wartburg will officially go in the books as a 0-0 double-overtime tie but the Knights will be the team advancing.

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Men’s Soccer Defeats Wheaton 2-1 in First Round NCAA III Tournament Game

Friday, November 13, 2009

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WHEATON, IL—Calvin picked up its first-ever victory at Wheaton and picked the perfect time to do it, defeating the host Thunder 2-1 in a first round NCAA III Tournament game Friday night. With the win, Calvin also completed its first-ever season sweep of its long-time non-conference rival, as the Knights also edged Wheaton 2-1 at Calvin early in September in a regular season game. Wheaton still holds a 38-4-6 series edge against Calvin in men’s soccer.

Calvin (16-4-1) advances to a second round NCAA III Tournament game Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. at Wheaton to face Wartburg (IA). Wartburg (16-4-1) defeated the University of Chicago 2-1 in Friday’s first round game.

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Greg Snapper Named MIAA Men’s Soccer MVP - Michael Holwerda Named Zuidema Award Winner

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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For the second consecutive year, Calvin College senior Greg Snapper has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player in men’s soccer. In addition, Calvin College senior Michael Holwerda has been named the recipient of the prestigious Dr. Marvin Zuidema Award.

The Zuidema Award honors Dr. Marvin Zuidema, longtime men’s soccer coach and athletic administrator at Calvin College. The recipient is to be a senior selected for his contributions to team play, leadership qualities, demonstration of ethical virtues and excellence in athletics and academics. Holwerda is the third player from Calvin to receive the honor and the second from his family as his older brother David Holwerda was selected for the award in 2006.

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Brad Heethuis Named MIAA Offensive Player of the Week in Men’s Soccer

Monday, November 09, 2009

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For the first time in his collegiate career, Calvin College junior striker Brad Heethuis has been named the MIAA’s Offensive Player of the Week. A native of Jenison and a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian high School, Heethuis scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Hope on Saturday that clinched the outright MIAA title for the Knights.

The goal, scored just 6:04 into the match, was the fourth of the year for Heethuis who now has three game-winning goals to his credit this fall. Heethuis currently ranks third on the Calvin team in scoring with 13 points on the strength of four goals and five assists.

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