Calvin Lands Four on NSCAA/Continental Tire Division III Men’s Soccer Teams
Monday, December 09, 2013
Four members of the MIAA champion Calvin men’s soccer team have received Continental Tire Division III All-Central Region honors from the National Soccer Coachees Association of America.
Named to the first team from Calvin are junior Travis Vegter and sophomore Taylor Pruis while senior Zach Willis and junior Sean Broekhuizen have been named to the second team. As members of the first team, Vegter and Pruis are both eligible for Division III All-America consideration.
A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School, Vegter is receiving first team Division III All-Central region honors for the second consecutive year as he was named to the third team a year ago. A forward, Vegter tallied a team-leading 27 goals and 60 points while also receiving credit for six assists. Four of his goals were game-winners during the season.
His 27 goals were the second highest single-season total in Calvin men’s soccer history and ranked second nationally heading into last weekend.
Vegter is currently ranked fourth on the Calvin career list in goals (44) and fifth in points (104).
The MIAA’s Most Valuable Player this fall, Vegter was named to the All-MIAA first team and was named MIAA Offensive Player of the Week three times. He was also named the Division III National Player of the Week once by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Pruis hails from Grand Rapids and is a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School. Also a forward, Pruis tallied five goals and a team-leading 17 assists for a total of 27 points. His 17 assists matched a Calvin single-season record also held by Nick Capisciolto (2005) and Joey Barone (1991). His assist total ranked him fourth in the NCAA III statistics.
A first team All-MIAA selection this fall, Pruis was also named MIAA Offensive Player of the Week once.
He is currently ranked fifth on the Calvin career list in assists (25).
Broekhuizen is from Grand Rapids and is a graduate of Grand Rapids South Christian High School. A defender, Broekhuizen is receiving all-region accolades for the first time in his career.
On defense, Broekhuizen steadied a Calvin back line that helped record six shutout victories. He also provided a spark on offense with five goals, five assists and 15 points. He scored the game-tying goal in the MIAA Tournament final against Hope. Two of his five goals proved to be game-winners.
Broekhuizen was also named to the All-MIAA first team this year.
A midfielder, Willis is from Wyoming and is a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School. He is receiving all-region accolades as he was named to the Division III All-Central Region first team in 2011.
Willis was part of a potent Calvin offense in 2013 as he recorded seven goals, 10 assists and 24 points. Two of his seven goals were game-winners.
Willis was named to the All-MIAA first team this fall.
He finished his Calvin career with 32 goals, 29 assists and 93 points. He is ranked eighth on the Calvin career list for goals, fifth in assists and and sixth in points.
Under the direction of head coach Ryan Souders, Calvin finished the 2013 season with an overall record of 14-5-1 while capturing an unprecedented seventh consecutive MIAA regular season crown with a 12-2-0 league mark.
CALVIN MEN’S SOCCER ALL-REGION SELECTIONS
1963 Roberto Wolf
1969 Robert Dykstra
1971 Jim Johnson
1972 Jim Johnson
1978 Mark Recker
1979 Mark Recker
1981 Doug DeSmit
1982 Doug DeSmit
1983 Doug DeSmit
1984 Dave Lindner, Ken Lodewyk
1985 Dave Lindner, Randy DeJong, Bert Bowden
1987 Bert Bowden, Mark Hendriks, Dave Fasold
1989 Joe Barone, David Stokes, Ed Wilgenberg
1991 Joe Barone, Todd Veenhuis
1993 Trevor Schuurman
1994 Kevin Sowles
1996 Steve Wiegers
1998 Mark Lindner, Marcus Byeman
1999 Todd Folkert, Marcus Byeman
2000 Marcus Byeman, Jason DeJonge
2002 Joel Veldhouse
2003 Joel Veldhouse, Kurt Visker, Joel Vande Kopple
2004 Joel Veldhouse, Kurt Visker, Joel Vande Kopple, Joe Westra
2005 Kurt Visker, Peter Malefyt, Nick Capisciolto
2006 Maurice Wright
2007 Nick Capisciolto, A.J. Dufendach
2008 Greg Snapper, Scott Hooker
2009 Greg Snapper, Luke Holtrop, Alex McKenzie, Dan Kmetz, Scott Hooker
2010 Ryan Bratt, Scott Hooker, Miles Colago
2011 Miles Colago, Zach Willis, Nick Holtrop, Dan Nederhoed
2012 Nick Holtrop, Joe Broekhuizen, Dan Nederhoed, Travis Vegter
2013 Travis Vegter, Taylor Pruis, Sean Broekhuizen, Zach Willis