Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Calvin College junior Travis Vegter has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player in men’s soccer. Calvin freshman Stephan Hooker has also been named the MIAA’s Freshman of the Year. In addition, six Calvin players have received All-MIAA honors as Vegter, senior Zach Willis, junior Sean Broekhuizen and sophomore Taylor Pruis have been named to the first team while senior Ben Honeycutt and Hooker have been named to the second team. Calvin captured the MIAA regular season title this year for the seventh consecutive season, finishing 12-2-0 in conference play and 14-5-1 overall.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Calvin men’s soccer hosted the Flying Dutch of Hope College on Saturday afternoon for the MIAA Tournament Final. The teams split the regular season series, with Calvin winning 5-1 at home and losing 3-1 at Hope. Unfortunately for Calvin, a well-played match did not spell victory for the Knights, and a penalty shootout thriller eventually fell into Hope’s favor. The game finished in a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Hope winning the penalty kick shootout 5-4. Calvin junior Sean Broekhuizen scored the lone goal for the Knights with sophomore Taylor Pruis picking up an assist on the play, boosting his season assist total to 17 which matches the Calvin single-season record originally set by Joey Barone in 1991 and later matched by Nick Capisciolto in 2005.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Story By Mark DeHaan/Photo by Bill Sanderson
Calvin men’s soccer hosted a MIAA semi-final matchup on Thursday against the Hornets of Kalamazoo. Calvin, the top seed in the MIAA, and Kalamazoo, the fourth seed, split the regular season series, with the Hornets winning the first contest at Calvin 3-0, and the Knights avenging the loss with a 4-3 victory at Kalamazoo. With a berth in the MIAA Tournament Final on the line, Calvin got the best of the Hornets in the most important of their three matchups this season, defeating Kalamazoo 3-0 at Zuidema Field. Calvin advances to the MIAA Tournament Final which will be played Saturday at Zuidema Field. Calvin will face Hope in Saturday’s MIAA Tournament final at noon. Hope defeated Olivet 2-0 in Thursday’s other semifinal.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin men’s soccer team completed its regular season with a 5-0 win over Albion on Tuesday afternoon, claiming the outright conference title for the third straight year and at least a share of the MIAA title for the seventh straight season. The Knights also celebrated their senior class as Eric Hollis, Ben Honeycutt, Zakk Rankin, Mike Sanderson, and Zach Willis were all honored before the game.Calvin improves to 13-5-0 and 12-2-0 in the MIAA while Albion falls to 8-10-2 and 5-7-2 in league play. The Knights now look forward to Thursday when they will host the Hornets of Kalamazoo in a MIAA Tournament semi-final matchup at Zuidema Field slated to start at noon. Calvin and Kalamazoo split the regular season series, with the Knights winning 4-3 at Kalamazoo while falling to the Hornets 3-0 at home.
Sunday, November 03, 2013
ALMA - Calvin clinched a share of its seventh consecutive regular season MIAA title on Saturday, defeating Alma 4-0. The Knights improve to 12-5-0 overall and to 11-2-0 in the MIAA, three points ahead of Hope with one regular season game left to play.
Calvin also clinches the top seed for next week’s MIAA Tournament as the Knights own a tie-breaker edge over Hope. Calvin will host an MIAA Tournament semifinal game next Thursday at Zuidema Field.
Prior to that, Calvin will face Albion next Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the regular season finale for both teams. Albion is currently in fourth place in the MIAA standings, holding on to the last MIAA Tournament berth by one point over Kalamazoo and Alma who are now tied for fifth place.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Calvin College junior Travis Vegter has received yet another honor. Vegter has been named to the Division III Capital One Academic All-District team in menís soccer. He is now eligible for Capital One Academic All-America consideration. Calvin is a member of District 6 which includes the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School, Vegter is a biology major. He was a member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll a year ago. Vegter is in the midst of a sensational junior soccer campaign as he has scored 24 goals along with three assists for a total of 51 points. His goal total is the second-highest single-season total in Calvin menís soccer history. He was recently named the Division III National Player of the Week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He has helped the Calvin menís soccer team post an overall record of 11-5-0 and move into first place in the MIAA standings with a 10-2-0 record. 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-Districtģ Men’s and Womenís Soccer Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, have been released to recognize the nationís top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDAís Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
KALAMAZOO - Calvin men’s soccer traveled to Kalamazoo on Tuesday evening looking to even the season series with the Hornets. The Knights fell to Kalamazoo 3-0 earlier this season at Zuidema Field, one of Calvin’s two conferences losses this season. The game was back-and-forth for all 90 minutes of regulation, and after a last-minute equalizer, the Knights earned a 4-3 win in overtime, taking their second straight conference matchup in extra-time. Sophomore Sam Hanover scored the game-winner in overtime, slamming home a quick pass from junior Sean Broekhuizen after sophomore Taylor Pruis had ignited the play with a corner kick into the box. Calvin will now prepare to travel to Alma on Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. contest.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Calvin College junior Travis Vegter continues to add to his collection of honors. On Tuesday afternoon, Vegter was named the Division III National Player of the Week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School, Vegter scored five goals and added one assist last week in leading Calvin to victories over Adrian and Olivet. in a 5-1 win over Adrian, he scored two goals along with one assist. He then netted a hat trick on Saturday, scoring all three of Calvin’s goals in a 3-2 sudden-death overtime win. The hat-trick performance was his second of the year. He has now scored in five consecutive games. A striker, Vegter currently has 23 goals and three assists on the year for 49 points. His goal total matches the second-highest single-season total in Calvin men’s soccer history. He is currently ranked third in NCAA III men’s soccer in total goals scored, second in goals-per-game average (1.53) and second in points-per-game average (3.27). Calvin is back in action tonight when it travels to Kalamazoo for a 7 p.m. conference game. Vegter is the third Calvin athlete this fall to receive national player of the week honors. Earlier this fall, Calvin freshman Cassice Vince was named the Division III national athlete of the week in women’s cross country and two weeks ago, Calvin sophomore Maggie Kamp was named the Division III national player of the week in volleyball.
Monday, October 28, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. Ė The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin forward Travis Vegter its Offensive Player of the Week in menís soccer for games played through Oct. 26. Vegter, a junior from Hudsonville (Unity Christian HS), scored five goals and added an assist in leading the Knights to a pair of MIAA victories that moved them into sole possession of first place in the conference. He scored twice and set up a third goal in a 5-1 win over Adrian, then scored all three goals, including the game-winner in overtime, in a 3-2 victory over Olivet. Vegter leads the MIAA in goals (15) and points (33) in league play. He is being honored as Player of the Week for the third time this season and fourth time in his career. Calvin is back in action on Tuesday when it travels to Kalamazoo for a 7 p.m. game.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Story by Brett Venhuizen
The menís soccer team hosted the Comets of Olivet in a key MIAA match at Zuidema Field on Saturday afternoon. It was a hard fought win for the Knights who needed extra time to put away the Comets. The Knights ended up defending their home turf with a 3-2 overtime win. After this game Calvin improves to 10-5-0 overall and 9-2-0 in the MIAA, while Olivet drops to a 9-7-1 overall and 7-4-0 in league play. This win keeps the Knights in sole possession of first place in MIAA standings with 27 points. Calvin junior Travis Vegter notched a hat-trick in the win including the game-winner 1:29 into the first overtime off a feed from senior Zach Willis. Vegter now has 23 goals on the year, matching the second-highest single-season total in Calvin men’s soccer history.2 3 > Last »