Men’s Soccer Claims 2-1 Win Over Aurora in Cal Bergsma Memorial Tournament
Saturday, September 08, 2012
By Mitch Blankespoor
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Calvin head coach Ryan Souders coached his first game at Zuidema field Saturday afternoon. The Knights gave their first year head coach a win, defeating Aurora University 2-1.
“It feels great to defend our home turf,” Souders said. “The fans really helped out tonight. They make the opposing team have to work that much harder.”
Calvin had the upper hand in possession early. Sophomore Travis Vegter (Hundsonville/Unity Chrisian HS) broke through the middle of the Spartan defense, and was tripped, forcing a penalty kick. Senior Joe Broekhuizen (Grand Rapids/South Christian HS) took the penalty, which was saved by Aurora senior goalkeeper Ethan Cashen. The rebound came straight back to Broekhuizen, who tapped the ball into the open net.
The next goal of the match game at the 57:50 mark. Senior Chris Nance (Washington/De La Salle HS) took a short corner to junior Zach Willis (Hudsonville/ Unity Christian HS). Willis crossed a low ball into the box, which got all the way through to Ben Honeycutt (Grandville/South Christian HS) who put the ball in the back of the net.
“I just work on finding the ball on corners,” Honeycutt commented. “It’s all about who wants it more.”
The Knights fought off an own goal, and held on for the win despite outshooting the Spartans 32-9.
“We need to work on our creative runs and finishing in the offensive third,” Souders explained. “We need to rest over the weekend, and be ready for our conference opener against Olivet.”
This opener Souders speaks of is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13, at Olivet’s Cutler Athletic Complex.