Men’s Soccer Clinches Outright MIAA Title - Chris Hughes Records Win #100
Thursday, November 06, 2008
By Bruce VanBaren
ADRIAN—Michael Holwerda and Scott Hooker combined for three goals and two assists as Calvin knocked off Adrian 3-0 Wednesday night under the lights at Adrian’s Performance Stadium. The win clinched Calvin’s second straight outright MIAA championship and was coach Chris Hughes’ 100th victory.
Calvin already secured the automatic NCAA tournament berth with Saturday’s 1-1 tie at Hope. The MIAA championship is Calvin’s 13th outright title; the Knights have a league high 19 titles. The Knights will receive the MIAA championship trophy Saturday at Zuidema Field. The Knights are also making their eighth trip to the NCAA tournament.
“I’m going to focus on the clincher,” said Hughes, who has a 100-32-12 record into his seventh season. “It’s exciting for the guys. They worked hard the last two practices have been brilliant. I think the kids are starting to find that zone.”
Holwerda acknowledged Hughes 100th win in just his seventh year.
“That’s an awesome accomplishment, he deserves it,” he said. “He puts in more time than any other coach. He’s going to do everything he can to push us in practice and prepare us for games. We appreciate his passion and hard work.”
Holwerda put Calvin on the board with a volley in the fifth minute. Hooker was credited with the assist after his cross was deflected off an Adrian defender, setting up Holwerda. Holwerda rifled a perfectly placed shot into the far corner of the net.
“This game is an example of what can happen when (Scott and I) play well with each other,” said Holwerda. “It’s something we’ve been working on in practice. Monday and Tuesday’s practices went well. Coach always says you play how you practice and that happened tonight.”
Hooker found Holwerda again in the 19th minute to give Calvin a 2-0 lead. Hooker’s pass split two defenders and left Holwerda with a tough angle near the corner of the penalty box. Holwerda again rifled a shot past Adrian goal keeper Alex Pavlika for his second goal of the game and fifth on the season.
“Scotty and Michael are really starting to take off and that’s a duo that’s going to be tough to stop,” said Hughes. “They’re in a zone. Michael is finding the back of the net. He’s such a wonderful player and if he’s going to peak this is the time of the season he needs to peak. Scotty has been productive all year long.”
Hooker gave Calvin a 3-0 lead in the 60th minute. Hooker broke away on a pass from Miles Colago. He dribbled past the first defender. He faked the second defender inside, and went outside and blasted a shot past Pavlika.
“I was teasing him at halftime that Michael was getting all the glory by scoring all the goals,” said Hughes. “I think he needed to go get one himself. He has the talent to do it.” Hooker leads the team with nine goals and 11 assists for a total of 30 points.
Darrin Cline recorded eight saves and led Calvin to its eight shutout of the season.
“(The offense) all stems back to a wonderful midline and that backline again did their job (tonight).”
Calvin, ranked 18th in the latest NSCA top 25 poll, extends its MIAA unbeaten streak to 26 games. The Knights are 15-3-1 overall and 12-0-1 in the MIAA. Calvin will close out its regular season when the Knights host Trine Saturday at Zuidema Field at 2 p.m. Calvin’s five seniors will be honored at halftime.