Saturday, September 29, 2012
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
KALAMAZOO – The Calvin men’s soccer team traveled to Kalamazoo looking for its fourth consecutive conference win. In a match up of the two teams tied for first place, the Knights blanked the Hornets 5-0 on Saturday afternoon. Calvin improves to 6-3, 4-1 in conference play. Both teams were deadlocked at zero for the first 40 minutes. Senior Joe Broekhuizen scored two goals in as many minutes to give Calvin a 2-0 lead going into the break. Kalamazoo nearly got on the board ten minutes into the second half. Jared Georgakopoulos ripped a shot that got by Calvin keeper Jared Rushlau. Luckily for the Knights, the ball found the crossbar. Ten minutes later, junior Zach Willis found the net for the Knights, putting them up 3-0. In the 83rd minutes, a pair of substitutes scored a minute apart. Senior Mike Sanderson and freshmen Sam Hanover scored their first goals of the season.The Knights outshot the Hornets 17-13. Calvin senior Jared Rushlau was credited with the shutout.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
By Mark DeHaan
Looking to extend their two game win streak, the Knights of Calvin traveled to Van Andel Stadium in Holland to face the Flying Dutchmen of Hope. And, just as they had last year, the Knights returned to Grand Rapids with an exciting 1-0 victory. Calvin’s lone goal came early as sophomore Travis Vegter struck for the Knights, breaking through the Hope back line to face Hope freshman keeper Ethan Beswick one-on-one. Dribbling toward the corner of the six yard box, Vegter snuck a shot under Beswick’s arm and inside the near post to put Calvin up 1-0. The Knights now look forward to Saturday when they will travel to Kalamazoo College to face the Hornets. The Hornets, also 3-1 in conference, are tied with Calvin for second in the MIAA while Olivet sits in first at 4-0. The game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Story By Mark DeHaan
Photo by Paul Evans
Looking to duplicate the result of the women’s game, the Knights men’s soccer team had plenty of work to do if they wanted to come up with a similar 11-0 win. Although Calvin (4-3-0 overall, 2-1-0 MIAA) did not score 11 goals, it still came away with a dominant 7-1 win. Senior Joe Broekhuizen had two goals for Calvin while senior Nick Holtrop, junior Ben Honeycutt, senior Chris Nance, sophomore Adrien Mary and freshman Taylor Pruis also scored for the Knights. Andrew Claucherty and Jared Rushlau split time in goal for the Knights with each keeper recording two saves. Calvin will now prepare for its rivalry game at Hope Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Van Andel Stadium.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The Calvin men’s soccer team got back on the winning track with a 2-1 sudden-death overtime win over visiting Trine University Tuesday afternoon at Calvin’s Zuidema Field. Calvin dominated the run of play throughout the match but trailed 1-0 at halftime as the visiting Thunder capitalized on a shot in the Calvin box late in the first half. Calvin continued to pepper the Trine goal in the second half and finally broke through on a goal by sophomore Sean Broekhuizen with 14:24 left in regulation as he cranked in a ball sent to him by freshman Sam Hanover. In overtime, Calvin struck quickly as senior Joe Broekhuizen sent a pass through the middle to sophomore Travis Vegter with Vegter ripping a shot from 20 yards out that found the far inside corner of the net for the game-winning “golden goal.” Calvin (3-3-0 overall, 1-1-0 MIAA) outshot Trine 35-11 with sophomore Andrew Claucherty picking up three saves in nets for the Knights. Calvin will host Albion on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Zuidema Field.
Friday, September 14, 2012
WHEATON, IL - The Calvin men’s soccer team suffered a 3-1 loss at Wheaton (IL) Friday night at Joe Bean Stadium, snapping what had been a four-game Calvin win streak over their non-conference rivals. Ranked 15th nationally, Wheaton built a 2-0 halftime lead on first half goals by Mitchell Paur and Adam Blackman. The goal by Maur was a well-placed shot just inside the right post while the Blackman goal was a blast from distance that found the top shelf of the Calvin net. Blackman then put Wheaton up 3-0 with another strike from distance, looping a shot just under the crossbar in the 62nd minute of play. Calvin freshman Taylor Pruis got the Knights on the board, ripping in a shot inside the Wheaton box with 7:37 left in regulation. The goal by Pruis was his second of the year. Sophomore Sean Broekhuizen picked up an assist on the play. Wheaton held a 23-10 shots at goal advantage. Senior goalkeeper Jared Rushlau had five saves for Calvin. The Knights are back in action next Tuesday, hosting Albion at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
OLIVET - A four-goal lead was not enough for the Calvin men’s soccer team as the Knights were stunned by a furious Olivet comeback Wednesday afternoon. Leading 4-0 late in the first half, Calvin surrendered the lead as the host Comets scored six unanswered goals to take a 6-4 lead. Calvin added another goal with just over 15 minutes remaining but was unable to tie the game back up. The Olivet comeback effort began with a goal with 1:30 left in the first half that brought the Comets to within 4-1 at halftime. Olivet then scored five goals in the first 17 minutes of the second half including three in the first 12 minutes to take a 5-4 lead. An Olivet tally in the 73rd minute put the Comets up 6-4 before Calvin answered with a goal by senior Nick Holtrop in the 75th minute of play. The Holtrop goal was his third of the game, marking his first collegiate hat-trick. Holtrop’s performance went for naught however as the Comets claimed the stunning comeback win. Holtrop scored a pair of first half goals with freshman Taylor Pruis and sophomore Tyler Vegter also scoring for the Knights. Calvin is back in action on Friday when it travels to Wheaton (IL) for a non-conference game at 8 p.m.
Monday, September 10, 2012
For the first time in his career, Calvin College junior Ben Honeycutt has been named MIAA Defensive Player of the Week in men’s soccer. Honeycutt, a junior from Grandville (Grand Rapids South Christian HS), scored two goals and played solid defense as the Knights split a pair of games at the Bergsma Memorial Tournament. He scored Calvin’s only goal in a 2-1 loss to Dominican, Ill., and scored what provided to be winning goal in a 2-1 win over Aurora, Ill. Honeycutt has scored three goals this year for the Knights who are back in action this week when they travel to Olivet on Wednesday and to Wheaton (IL) on Friday.
Saturday, September 08, 2012
The Calvin men’s soccer team got back on the winning track with a 2-1 victory over visiting Aurora University Saturday afternoon at Calvin’s Zuidema Field. Calvin (2-1-0) took a 1-0 lead on a first half goal by senior Joe Broekhuizen - his third of the season. The Knights then went up 2-0 on a second half tally by junior Ben Honeycutt. Aurora scored on an “own goal” when a Calvin clearance attempt in the defensive backfield deflected off the back of a defender and into the net. Calvin held fast from there however to claim the win. Sophomore Andrew Claucherty had three saves for the Knights in nets. Calvin also held a 32-9 shots at goal advantage. The Knights will now prepare to journey to Olivet next Wednesday for a 4:00 p.m. contest. That match will serve as the league opener for both teams.
Friday, September 07, 2012
In a matchup of nationally-ranked teams, Calvin dropped a hard-fought 2-1 decision to Dominican University Friday night at Grand Rapids Christian High School’s Eagle Stadium. The game was part of a Friday first round slate of games in the Cal Bergsma Memorial Tournament. The other first round game took place in Holland with Hope defeating Aurora University 2-1. Calvin entered Friday’s contest ranked 18th nationally while Dominican came in ranked 16th. The game marked the fourth straight year the two teams had met as Calvin defeated Dominican 1-0 in the NCAA III Semifinals in 20009, advanced past Dominican by way of a penalty kick shootout in a second round NCAA III Tournament game in 2010 and then fell in a regular season game at Dominican in 2011 3-0.
Saturday, September 01, 2012
The Calvin men’s soccer team was scheduled to face Illinois Wesleyan University Saturday night in Bloomington, Illlinois, but torrential rain in the area made the field unplayable. The game will not be made up.Calvin will now turn its attention to a game next Friday against Dominican University (IL) at Grand Rapids Christian High School at 8 p.m.« First < 2 3 4 5 6 > Last »