Wednesday, October 09, 2013
The Calvin men’s soccer team got back on the winning track with a 3-0 home victory over Alma Wednesday afternoon. The Knights (6-4-0 overall, 5-1-0 MIAA) scored all three goals in the second half with two coming off the feet of freshman Stephan Hooker. Sophomore Taylor Pruis also had two assists. Senior Zach Willis also scored for the Knights and junior Sean Broekhuizen picked up an assist. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Claucherty was credited with two saves in keeping a clean sheet in goal. Calvin outshot Alma 24-6. The Knights travel to Albion on Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. matchup.
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Kalamazoo surprised the host Knights in front of a large crowd at Zuidema Field as the Hornets defeated Calvin 3-0. The victory is Kalamazoo’s first at Calvin since 2002. Calvin (5-4-0 overall, 4-1-0 MIAA) also saw its five-game win streak come to an end. Despite the loss, Calvin remains in sole possession of first place in the MIAA standings as Olivet defeated Hope 2-1 in overtime, keeping Calvin three points ahead of a logjam of teams now tied for second place which includes Hope, Alma, Kalamazoo and Adrian. Calvin will host Alma on Wednesday in a 4 p.m. match at Zuidema Field.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin men’s soccer team traveled to Olivet Tuesday afternoon for a conference matchup with the Comets. After a rather routine first half and a 1-0 Calvin lead at the break, three goals apiece for either squad in the second half provided fireworks and a lot of excitement, with the Knights holding on for a 4-3 road victory. Scoring goals for the Knights were sophomore Sam Hanover, junior Sean Broekhuizen, senior Zach Willis and junior Travis Vegter. Calvin stays undefeated in conference with the win, now 4-0-0 while moving to 5-3-0 overall. Olivet drops to 3-6-1 and 1-3-0 in the MIAA. The Knights now look forward to Saturday when they will host the Hornets of Kalamazoo for a 2:30 p.m. contest.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Four Calvin fall sports athletes have received MIAA Athlete of the Week honors in their respective sports. In men’s cross country, freshman Zac Nowicki is the MIAA Men’s Runner of the Week while Calvin senior Nicole Michmerhuizen is the MIAA women’s Runner of the Week. In men’s soccer, Calvin junior Travis Vegter is the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week while in women’s soccer, Calvin sophomore Paige Capel is the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
ADRIAN - The Calvin men’s soccer team traveled to Adrian on Saturday in a matchup of the top two teams in the MIAA. Both teams entered the contest at 2-0 in conference play. The Knights were 1-0-3 at Adrian the past four years, but with a pair of first half goals and strong defense, Calvin claimed its second win in five years at Performance Stadium. Calvin is now 4-3-0 overall and 3-0-0 in conference play while Adrian drops 4-3-2 overall and 2-1-0 in the MIAA. The Knights will next be in action on Tuesday when they travel to Olivet to face the Comets, with the match starting at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
ANGOLA, IN - The Calvin men’s soccer team stretched its win streak to three games with a 3-0 victory at Trine University Tuesday afternoon. Calvin (3-3-0 overall, 2-0-0 MIAA) took a 1-0 halftime lead on a first half goal by junior Travis Vegter (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) with junior Sean Broekhuizen (Grand Rapids/South Christian HS) picking up an assist on the play. The Knights then garnered a 2-0 advantage in the 53rd minute as freshman Stephan Hooker (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) tapped in a cross that was sent in by sophomore Taylor Pruis (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS). Vegter then scored his team-leading 11th goal of the year in 67th minute as he redirected a corner kick by freshman Matthew Koster (Pittsburgh, PA/Eden Christian Academy) into the net. Calvin finished with a 21-4 shots at goal advantage. Junior Andrew Claucherty (Sterling Heights/Bishop Foley) picked up the shutout in goal for the Knights. Calvin is back in action on Saturday when it travels to Adrian for a 2:30 p.m. contest.
Monday, September 23, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin midfielder Taylor Pruis its Offensive Player of the Week in men’s soccer for games played through Sept. 22. Pruis, a sophomore from Grand Rapids (GR Christian HS), scored two goals and assisted on two more in leading the Knights to a 5-1 victory over Hope in their MIAA opener. He also had a pair of assists in a 5-0 non-conference win over Bluffton, Ohio. Pruis is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in his career. Calvin is back in action on Wednesday when it travels to Trine for a 4 p.m. contest.
Friday, September 20, 2013
BLUFFTON, OH - The Calvin men’s soccer team found a way to outlast a torrential thunderstorm and a lengthy mid-game delay on Friday to record a 5-0 non-conference victory at Bluffton University. After 19 minutes of play, thunderstorms forced a two-hour weather delay. Undaunted, Calvin struck for three quick goals after the resumption of play to put the game away. Junior Travis Vegter scored three goals for his first collegiate hat-trick while sophomore Sam Hanover and senior Zach Willis also scored for the Knights. Hanover had a pair of assists as did sophomore Taylor Pruis. Junior Sean Broekhuizen had an assist in the win. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Claucherty had 12 saves for the Knights in recording the shutout win. Calvin will travel to Trine on September 25 for a conference match.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Story By Mark DeHaan/Photo by John Leerar
The Calvin men’s soccer team hosted the rival Flying Dutchmen of Hope College Tuesday afternoon in each team’s MIAA opener. The Knights entered the contest 0-3-0 while Hope was ranked eighth in the nation with a record of 4-1-1. Calvin, playing at home for the first time this year, treated a crowd of more than 1000 to an impressive 5-1 victory and its first win of the season. The margin of victory was Calvin’s largest over Hope since a 4-0 win in Holland in 2005. Calvin has now won its last five meetings against the Flying Dutchmen.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
By Jacob Kuyvenhoven
Ryan Souders was inspired. A former standout soccer player at Wheaton and currently the head men’s soccer coach at Calvin, Souders had never really needed any extra motivation to get the most out of himself on the pitch. But when he took some time to take a trip to impoverished areas Africa with Team World Vision, an internationally-recognized committee for social justice, he began looking for ways to integrate his love for soccer and a vision for social change. After a lot of hard work by multiple people and schools, a part of this vision is coming to Calvin College on September 17th. The event, which has been dubbed “The Knight of Nets,” has a simple yet effective concept, focusing for a game not on the nets present in sports, but on the mosquito nets that can save lives in Africa by helping prevent malaria. Every spectator that pays $10 at the Calvin/Hope men’s soccer or women’s volleyball games on the 17th will get a T-shirt and a barbeque dinner, but more importantly, $6 of that money will buy one mosquito net to be sent over to a third-world country.
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