Late Duratovic Goal Lifts Men’s Soccer Team To Dramatic 1-0 Win over Madonna at Cal Bergsma Tourney
Saturday, September 17, 2011
The Knights claimed a dramatic victory in their second and final game of the Cal Bergsma Memorial tournament, defeating Madonna by a score of 1-0.
With less than four minutes remaining, freshman Dino Duratovic snuck a ball past Madonna’s keeper Adrian Motta to give the Knights a lead. Prior to that, the Knights and Crusaders battled out a methodical, if not disjointed, game.
In the first half, each team recorded five shots, but neither was able to put on in the back of the net. Junior Nick Holtrop bent a one-time shot towards the left panel, but Motta stretched out to complete a spectacular save. The game was scoreless at halftime.
With just under 40 minutes to go in regulation, senior Brad Heethuis had a great left-footed shot on net that appeared to be going in but curved just wide. Madonna, matching Calvin almost shot for shot, had the best opportunity of the game with 13:08 remaining as freshmen George Sami was able to get out on a breakaway for the Crusaders. Making his way into the box, Sami put a shot on net that was saved by a sprawling Michael Dolan, and the score would stay at 0-0.
About 10 minutes later, with 3:32 left on the clock, that would change as junior Dan Nederhood would make a run upfield into the defensive third of the Crusaders. Nederhood would drop the ball off to Duratovic who would touch his way past a defender and then put a shot to the near post that found the back of the net. The goal, Duratovic’s second on the season, would put Calvin up 1-0.
The Knights held off the Crusaders for the rest of the match, and would earn the win. Calvin goalkeeper Michael Dolan made four saves in the win for the Knights. The win puts the Knights at 5-2 on the season.
“It was a battle of midfields,” said Coach Chris Hughes. “We needed to be patient and disciplined.”
For Hughes, Duratovic’s goal was an anticipated piece of leadership from “a special player.”
“Dino brings a different element to our team. He is expected to find the back of the net for us,” he said.
Calvin held a 12-9 shots at goal advantage.
Dolan finished with four saves for Calvin while Motta had five saves for Madonna.
Calvin concluded the tournament in second place as Hope defeated Wheaton 4-0 Saturday night in Holland. Calvin and Hope both finished 2-0-0 in the weekend tournament but Hope won the tournament based on goal differential as the Flying Dutchmen outscored their weekend opponents by six goals while Calvin outscored the opposition by two goals.
The Knights host Hope on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a key MIAA contest at Calvin’s Zuidema Field.