Calvin Men’s Soccer Wins High-Scoring Affair at Olivet to Remain Unbeaten in MIAA
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.
The Knights controlled possession much of the first half, outshooting Olivet 12-6.
Sophomore Sam Hanover gave Calvin the lead in the 24th minute. Controlling a pass from junior Sean Broekhuizen, Hanover touched the ball over to his left foot, and from the center of the box, slotted the ball into the lower right corner of the net for a 1-0 Calvin lead.
The Knights took the 1-0 lead into the break.
After halftime, Calvin took a commanding 3-0 lead in a matter of minutes. In the 47th minute, senior Ben Honeycutt found Sean Broekhuizen on the back post for a header which gave the Knights a 2-0 lead.
In the 49th minute, a breakdown in the Olivet defense allowed junior Travis Vegter to find senior Zach Willis in front of the goal. Willis received the pass and put the ball into the lower right corner of the net for a 3-0 Calvin advantage.
But, Olivet was not to be discounted.
Connor Plagens scored a goal in the 63rd minute and Adam Wright added a penalty kick goal in the 78th minute to cut the Calvin lead to 3-2. Looking to tie the game up, Olivet sent another player forward off its back line, leaving three defenders.
The extra space is just what Calvin needed. In the 87th minute, freshman Stephan Hooker won a ball in the midfield and sent it forward for Vegter. Vegter, making his way past the central defender, ripped a shot from the top of the box and into the goal for his 13th of the season and 4-2 Knights lead.
Still not out of the game, Olivet scored a third goal in the 90th minute as Wright got open in the middle of the box for his second of the game.
Calvin held off the Comets for the remainder of the final minute, claiming a hectic 4-3 win on the road.
“This is a really tough place for us to play,” said head coach Ryan Souders. “Hectic is the best way to describe it, maybe even weird, but I prefer weird with three points. We kind of bled into the finish but we also played some really good soccer at times. We just have to stay disciplined. Olivet is a good team, they’re probably going to be there at the end in conference, but I’m just glad to walk away with three points.”
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.