Men’s Soccer Advances to MIAA Tournament Final with 3-0 Win Over Kalamazoo
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Story By Mark DeHaan/Photo by Bill Sanderson
Calvin men’s soccer hosted a MIAA semi-final matchup on Thursday against the Hornets of Kalamazoo. Calvin, the top seed in the MIAA, and Kalamazoo, the fourth seed, split the regular season series, with the Hornets winning the first contest at Calvin 3-0, and the Knights avenging the loss with a 4-3 victory at Kalamazoo.
With a berth in the MIAA Tournament Final on the line, Calvin got the best of the Hornets in the most important of their three matchups this season, defeating Kalamazoo 3-0 at Zuidema Field.
Calvin took the lead in the 26th minute as junior Sean Broekhuizen headed in a throw-in from junior Travis Vegter to put the Knights up 1-0.
Vegter then added an insurance goal in the 42nd minute, recovering the ball after getting tripped up by a a Hornets defender and blasting a shot top-shelf past the Kalamazoo keeper for a 2-0 Calvin advantage.
The Knight held a 10-7 shots advantage at halftime, netting two of their four shots on goal.
Minutes after the break, Vegter scored another goal, receiving a pass from sophomore Taylor Pruis in the box and dribbling past the Hornets goalie to give Calvin a 3-0 lead.
The three goal advantage proved to be more than enough as the Knights defense was strong all game long. Kalamazoo’s best opportunity came in the 71st minute on a shot from the top of the box that was tipped over by Calvin junior keeper Andrew Claucherty.
Calvin’s defense shut down the Hornets attack for the remainder of the game, holding the shutout as the Knights advanced to the MIAA Tournament Final with the 3-0 victory.
Calvin outshot Kalamazoo 18-15. Claucherty made five saves in goal to preserve the clean sheet.
“Kalamazoo has played us well all year, but getting that first goal was huge,” said head coach Ryan Souders. “I thought, overall, we defended pretty well today. We limited their really good chances, and then when we got chances, we were able to put them away. (Saturday), there’s a lot on the line. A chance to get the automatic qualifier (for the NCAA Tournament), a chance to win another conference title, and there’s going to be two good teams there. We’re going to prepare to get the AQ, simple as that.”
Calvin advances to the MIAA Tournament Final which will be played Saturday at Zuidema Field at noon. Calvin will face Hope in the final as the Flying Dutchmen defeated Olivet 2-0 in a Thursday night semifinal.