Calvin Shuts Out Albion in MIAA Opener
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Calvin 2, Albion 0
(written by Calvin sports information assistant Bruce VanBaren)
GRAND RAPIDS—After an early season scoring drought, Calvin’s offense clicked into high gear in the second half of the Knights’ conference opener against Albion Wednesday. Calvin scored twice in the second half against a stingy Briton defense to notch a 2-0 win at Zuidema Field.
“We needed this first (conference) win - we really did,” said coach Chris Hughes, whose team won back to back games for the first time this season. “We’re waiting for that offense to kick in, so any goals right now are wonderful.”
Calvin (4-3-0 overall, 1-0-0 MIAA) only scored twice in last weekend’s tournament against Baldwin Wallace and Ohio Northern. One goal was an own goal and the other came on a penalty kick. This afternoon the Knights outshot the Britons 15-9 and dominated possession offensively.
“The boys have been working hard and we’ve been trying to find that right chemistry, and I think we got some of that today,” said Hughes. “At some point the other team was going to break and luckily they finally broke down.”
Freshman Ahmed Gobana (Burnsville, MN/ Burnsville) broke the scoring drought not even three minutes into the second half after Calvin out shot Albion 6-3 in the first half. Gobana cradled a perfectly placed pass over his shoulder from sophomore Scott Hooker (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) and arched it over Briton goal keeper Jordan Thomas for his second goal of the season.
“It was very nice to get two goals in my first couple games,” said Gobana.
“He creates a lot for us,” said Hughes. “He’s such a different dynamic than what Calvin offense typically looks like.”
Hooker added an insurance goal in the 80th minute to put Calvin up 2-0. Senior A.J. Dufendach (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Northern) headed a Albion goal kick inside the circle, placing it right in front of Hooker as he broke towards the net. Hooker placed a soft shot passed Thomas for his team leading fifth goal of the year. With his assist he has a team high 14 points on the season. Hooker tied for the team lead in goals a year ago with nine and the team lead in points with 25.
“It was definitely a promising second half,” said senior Michael Holwerda (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian). “[We were] working on getting the whole team up together and having our forwards make better runs. That was kind of the progression of the second half. We broke their defense and found that long switch-ball, which was open for us today.”
A game after amassing a career high 11 saves against Ohio Northern, senior goalkeeper Darin Cline (Grandville/Grandville) recorded four saves and picked up his third shut out in seven games this season.
Twenty-one of the 23 players on the Knights roster played in the game.
Calvin will travel to Alma on Saturday, starting a three-game conference road trip. The Knights next home game will be October 8 against Hope College.
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