Heethuis Family Comes Up Big on Super Soccer Saturday
Saturday, November 07, 2009
What a day for the Heethuis family.
On Saturday, Calvin junior striker Brad Heethuis scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Hope that allowed the Knights to capture their consecutive MIAA title and gain an automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament. Meanwhile, Brad’s father Randy Heethuis was busy leading his Unity Christian boys soccer team to a Division II state title Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders defeated Petoskey 2-0 in the championship game.
Randy Heethuis is a 1984 Calvin College graduate who was a member of Calvin’s 1981 and 1982 MIAA championship men’s soccer teams.
Both games took place at the same time, keeping father and son apart during the action but certainly not in spirit. “Winning both games is pretty nice,” said Brad Heethuis. “It was unfortunate that we had to miss each other’s games but the results were great. I’m really happy for my father. It’s exciting no doubt.”
The game-winning goal by Brad Heethuis was also exciting as it came off a set piece with junior Dan Kmetz delivering a perfectly placed corner kick to the far side of the field that was collected by junior Kyle Billin (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) and then slotted to Heethuis who blasted a low hard shot through a scrum of players just inside the left post 6:04 into the match. The goal was the fourth of the year for Heethuis including his third game-winner of the year.
“We’ve been practicing that play over and over this week,” said Brad. “We had it nailed in our heads pretty good and I’m glad it worked out. Our win today was a total team effort. It feels great.”