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Men’s Soccer Clinches Share of MIAA Regular Season Title and Top Seed for MIAA Tournament

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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The Calvin menís soccer team captured a share of an unprecedented sixth consecutive MIAA title on Wednesday while also clinching the top seed for next weekís MIAA Tournament. Calvin clinched a share of the league title with a 4-0 win over Kalamazoo while Adrian gained a 2-1 win over Olivet. With two regular season games left on the schedule for all eight MIAA teams, Calvin holds a six-point lead over Olivet. The Knights hold a potential tiebreaker edge over Olivet for the top seed for the MIAA Tournament by virtue of a regular season sweep over Hope. The MIAA regular season title is the 23rd for Calvin Ė more than any other MIAA school in menís soccer. Calvin now has ownership of an 11-game win streak and will seek to claim an outright MIAA title on Saturday when it travels to Adrian for a 1:30 p.m. contest.

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Calvin Men’s Soccer Team Back in NSCAA Division III Top 25 Rankings

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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The Calvin men’s soccer team is back inside the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III Top 25 rankings. The Knights are ranked 24th in the latest poll, released earlier this afternoon. It marks the first time since the second week of the 2012 season that the Knights have been nationally-ranked. Calvin is currently 12-3-0 overall and 10-1-0 in the MIAA. The Knights own a 10-game win streak heading into Wednesday’s home contest against Kalamazoo scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at Zuidema Field. Calvin is currently in sole possession of first place in the MIAA standings, three points ahead of Olivet. Calvin has three regular season games left to play. In addition to Wednesday’s game against Kalamazoo, the Knights are scheduled to travel to Adrian on Saturday (1:30 p.m.) and to Alma on October 30 (4 p.m.).

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Travis Vegter Named MIAA Offensive Player of the Week in Men’s Soccer

Monday, October 22, 2012

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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. 21. Vegter, a sophomore from Hudsonville (Unity Christian HS), scored two goals and assisted on two others in leading the Knights to a pair of wins that moved them into sole possession of first place in the MIAA. He scored the gameís first goal in a 2-1 victory over Hope, then scored another goal and added two assists in a 4-1 win over Albion. Vegter, who is tied for the MIAA scoring lead with 19 points (seven goals, five assists in league play) is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in his career. Calvin is back in action on Wednesday when it hosts Kalamazoo at 4 p.m. at Zuidema Field. The Knights currently hold a three-point lead over Olivet for first place in the MIAA standings.

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Men’s Soccer Scores 2-1 Victory Over Hope To Remain Atop MIAA Standings

Saturday, October 20, 2012

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By Mark DeHaan

On a fall day made for soccer, the more than 1500 fans that showed up for the Calvin-Hope game were in for a hard-fought, tooth and nail fight between two long-time rivals. Calvin, on a second-half goal from senior Joe Broekhuizen, took the win 2-1 over the Flying Dutchmen. With the win, Calvin remains atop the MIAA standings with a 10-1-0 conference mark. Calvin has also now won four straight meetings against Hope. The Knights now look forward to Wednesday when they will host the Hornets of Kalamazoo.

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Calvin Fall Sports Teams Crack First Set of NCAA Regional Rankings

Thursday, October 18, 2012

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The first set of NCAA III regional rankings have been released for fall sports teams and three of Calvin’s teams are in the fall regional rankings. In women’s volleyball, Calvin is the top-ranked team in the Great Lakes Region with Wittenberg ranked second and Hope third. In men’s soccer, Calvin is ranked fourth in the Central Region rankings with Dominican ranked number-one, Wheaton ranked second and Illinois Wesleyan fourth. North Park is ranked fifth and Olivet sixth. In women’s soccer, Calvin is ranked sixth in the Central Region rankings. Aurora is the top-ranked team in the region followed by Wheaton in second, Washington University (Mo.) in third, Augustana in fourth and the University of Chicago in fifth. The NCAA regional rankings are used to help determine seeding and qualifiers for the NCAA III Championships later in November.

NCAA III Men’s Soccer Regional Rankings (10-17-12)

NCAA III Women’s Soccer Regional Rankings (10-17-12)

NCAA III Volleyball Regional Rankings (10-17-12)

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Men’s Soccer Defeats Albion 4-1, Wins Ninth Straight MIAA Contest

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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ALBION Ė The Calvin menís soccer team earned a 4-1 victory over Albion College Tuesday afternoon.  The Knights improve to 11-3 on the season, 9-1 in the MIAA.Calvin opened the scoring in the fifth minute.  Senior forward Joe Broekhuizen (Grand Rapids/South Christian) took a cross from sophomore Travis Vegter and beat Albion keeper Avilekh Bhattachan.  Despite outshooting the Britons 7-1 in the first half, the Knights could not get another goal.  Calvin opened up the second half on the offensive.  The Knights scored two goals in the first ten minutes.  Freshmen Taylor Pruis (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) scored his sixth of the season off of a pass from Joe Broekhuizen.  A minute later, Vegter scored his sixth of the season on a shot from the top of the 18-yard box.  Pruis got on the scoreboard for the second time in the 77th minute.  Kyle Alsheskie scored the lone goal for Albion in the 87th minute. Calvin returns to action when it hosts the Flying Dutchmen of Hope College on Saturday, October 20.  The game is scheduled for noon at Calvinís Zuidema Field.

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Men’s Soccer Wins at Trine 4-0 - Win Streak at Eight

Saturday, October 13, 2012

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ANGOLA, IN - The Calvin men’s soccer team stretched its winning streak to eight games and retained a share of first place in the MIAA standings with a 4-0 win over Trine University Saturday afternoon.Senior Joe Broekhuizen (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) put Calvin on the board in the first half, ripping in his team-leading ninth goal of the year on a feed from freshman Sam Hanover (Saint Johns/Saint Johns HS) in the ninth minute of play.Calvin then scored three times in the second half. The scoring surge began when sophomore Travis Vegter (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) scored off a pass from freshman Taylor Pruis (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and moments later, flipped around as Pruis scored on a pass from Vegter. Junior Zakk Rankin (Fishers, IN/Hamilton Southeastern HS) closed out the scoring with a goal in the 85th minute with senior Kyle Vela (Grand Rapids/Forest Hils Northern HS) drawing an assist on the play. Calvin held a 12-8 shots at goal advantage. Senior Jared Rushlau (Grandville/Grandville HS) picked up four saves for the Knights in gaining the shutout victory.

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Knights Win Seventh Straight, Blank Alma 3-0

Saturday, October 06, 2012

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GRAND RAPIDS Ė The Calvin menís soccer team extended its win streak to six Saturday afternoon, defeating the Scots of Alma College 3-0 to improve to 7-3-0, 6-1-0 in the MIAA.The Knights opened up the scoring in the fourth minute.  Sophomore Travis Vegter (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) split a pair of Alma defenders and sent a through ball far side to high school teammate, junior Zach Willis (Hudsonville/Unity Christian).  Willis outran the defense, and beat Alma goalkeeper Graham Wallace far side to give Calvin a 1-0 lead. Despite having the lead, Calvin kept up the pressure.  Vegter had a two more shots, both of which went left of target.  In the 23rd minute, the Knights swung the ball to the near side senior Chris Nance (Washington/DeLaSalle).  Nance sent a low cross to the back post.  Willis was right there, netting his fifth goal of the season and giving the Knights a 2-0 lead. Calvin did not wait long to open the scoring in the second half.  13 minutes into the second half, junior Ben Honeycutt (Grandviile/South Christian) fed a ball to Nance on the fall side of the 18-yard box.  Nance chipped Wallace, scoring his second goal of the season. The Knights held their 3-0 lead till the end.

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Men’s Soccer Extends Win Streak With 3-1 Win Over Adrian

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

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The Calvin men’s soccer team extended its win streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over visiting Adrian Tuesday afternoon at Calvin’s Zuidema Field. Calvin led 2-0 at halftime behind first half goals from senior Joe Broekhuizen and junior Zach Willis. Adrian later cut the Calvin lead in half on a goal in the 82nd minute but the Knights put the game on ice with a goal by freshman Taylor Pruis in the 85th minute of play. Picking up assists on the afternoon for Calvin were Willis and sophomores Travis Vegter, Sean Broekhuizen and Adrien Mary. Calvin senior goalkeeper Jared Rushlau went the distance in goal for the Knights to pick up the victory. Calvin outshot Adrian 31-3 in the win. Ranked seventh in the Central Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association, the Knights (7-3-0 overall, 5-1-0 MIAA) will host Alma on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

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Jared Rushlau Named MIAA Defensive Player of the Week in Men’s Soccer

Monday, October 01, 2012

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. Ė The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin goalkeeper its MIAA Defensive Player of the Week in menís soccer for games played through Sept. 30. Rushlau, a senior from Grandville (Grandville HS), had back-to-back shutout performances in net as the Knights won twice to move into second place in the MIAA standings. He made four saves, including two saves on early scoring chances, in a 1-0 road victory over Hope, and seven saves in a 5-0 win over Kalamazoo. Rushlau is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in his career. Calvin will host Adrian on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Zuidema Field.

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