Men’s Soccer Battles Olivet to 0-0 Tie
Saturday, October 02, 2010
(by sports information student assistant Andrew Knot)
On a cold, blustery day at Zuidema field, Calvin and Olivet battled to a 0-0 overtime tie.
Both squads entered the game with 2-1 conference records, tying them atop the MIAA.
The Knights generated offense early and often in the first half. Their best opportunity came off a Brad Heethuis volley from less than eight yards out. Olivet keeper Ethan Felsing reacted with a fantastic one-handed diving save to keep Calvin off the board.
Calvin continued to pressure the Comets, freshman Zach Willis blazed down the sideline and attempted to fire a shot over Felsing, but the keeper managed to deflect it off net.
Calvin went into halftime with a 7-3 advantage on shots. The two teams were also tied in fouls at 7-7, which reflected the notably physical nature of the game.
The second half continued as such. Each team finished the game with three yellow cards and Calvin was also issued one red card. Calvin finished the match with 15 fouls to Olivet’s 19.
In the first overtime period, Calvin continued to create chances. Senior Dan Kmetz put a shot just over the net and junior Tyler Vegter just missed a breakaway chance. The score held in the second overtime.
Calvin was held scoreless despite 15 total shots.
“We take a point and go forward,” said Calvin’s Coach Chris Hughes of the game. “We had some good opportunities to score and put some good pressure on. Olivet is a good, scrappy team. You like that competition for your team. It makes you better.”