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Men’s Soccer Clinches Share of 7th Straight MIAA Title With Win at Alma

Sunday, November 03, 2013

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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.

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Travis Vegter Named Capital One Academic All-District Selection

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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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.

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Overtime is Golden for Calvin Men’s Soccer In 4-3 Win at Kalamazoo

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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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.

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Calvin’s Travis Vegter Named Division III National Player of Week by NSCAA

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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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.

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Travis Vegter Named MIAA Offensive Player of Week in Men’s Soccer for Third Time in 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

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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. 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.

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Men’s Soccer Records 3-2 Overtime Win Over Olivet Behind Vegter Hat-Trick Performance

Saturday, October 26, 2013

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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.

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Men’s Soccer Moves Back Into Sole Possession of First Place in MIAA Standings With Win Over Adrian

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

The Calvin men’s soccer team hosted the Bulldogs of Adrian on Wednesday afternoon. The Knights played the Bulldogs earlier this season at Adrian, with Calvin earning a 2-1 victory. Tuesday night, despite struggling early offensively, the Knights scored three goals in the final eight minutes of the half to set the tone as they claimed a 5-1 win. Calvin improves to 9-5-0 overall and 8-2-0 in the MIAA with the win, while Adrian drops to 5-7-4 overall and 3-5-2 in the league. The Knights are now back in sole possession of first place in the MIAA standings as Trine defeated Hope 2-0 on Wednesday, keeping Calvin three points ahead of Hope and Olivet. Calvin will host Olivet on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in a game with first place implications in the MIAA table.

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Men’s Soccer Drops Trine 6-2 Behind Homecoming Scoring Barrage

Saturday, October 19, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

Calvin men’s soccer hosted the Thunder of Trine on Saturday afternoon. Despite an early goal from the Thunder, Calvin recovered to score six goals in the contest, three in the second half, as it defeated Trine 6-2. The Knights and Thunder entered the weekend contest at opposite ends of the conference standings, with Calvin atop the MIAA at 6-2-0 and Trine last at 0-8-0. When the afternoon was over, Calvin had recorded a 6-2 victory over the Thunder to maintain a share of first place in the MIAA standings with Hope. Junior Travis Vegter had a pair of goals. Also scoring for the Knights were senior Zach Willis, sophomore Taylor Pruis and freshmen Stephen Hooker and Lance Van Tine.

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Men’s Soccer Falls at Hope 3-1 - Now Tied for League Lead

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

The Calvin men’s soccer team traveled to Holland on Tuesday evening in a meeting between the top two teams in the MIAA. Calvin entered the matchup at 6-1-0 in the conference while Hope was 5-2-0 in league play. The Knights and Flying Dutchmen already played once this season, with Calvin claiming a 5-1 victory at Zuidema Field on September 17. Again, it would be the home team defending their field as the Flying Dutchmen came away with a 3-1 victory. Calvin falls to 7-5-0 overall and 6-2-0 in the MIAA, while Hope improves to 10-3-1 and 6-2-0 in league play. The Knights now look forward to Saturday when they will try to get back on the winning track when they host the Thunder of Trine at 2:30 p.m.

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Men’s Soccer Stays on Top of MIAA Standings With 5-2 Win at Albion

Saturday, October 12, 2013

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ALBION Ė Calvin remained on top of the MIAA standings with a 5-2 victory at Albion Saturday afternoon. The Knights are now 7-4-0 overall and more importantly 6-1-0 at the halfway mark of the MIAA regular season. Calvin remains three points ahead of rival Hope heading into a rivalry showdown next Tuesday at Hopeís Van Andel Stadium with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. Calvin trailed early 1-0 but tied the game at one on a goal by junior Travis Vegter (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) late in the first half with freshman David Waterson (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) drawing an assist on the play. Vegter would go on to score a second goal in the game while senior Ben Honeycutt (Grandville/South Christian HS), junior Reed Bowden (Uxbridge, MA/Whitinsville Christian HS) and ophomore Sam Hanover (St. Johns/St. Johns HS) also scored for the Knights. Junior Andrew Claucherty (Sterling Heights/Bisoph Foley HS) had five saves in goal for Calvin. The Knights outshot Albion 19-7.

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