Men’s Soccer Closes out MIAA Regular Season With 2-1 Win at Alma
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
ALMA - The 22nd-ranked Calvin men’s soccer team picked up a 2-1 win at Alma on Tuesday. Battling cold and blustery conditions, Calvin jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead behind first half goals from sophomore Travis Vegter (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) and senior Chris Nance (Washington, MI/Warren DeLaSalle HS). Senior Nick Holtrop (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) assisted on the Vegter goal while freshman Sam Hanover (Saint Johns, MI/Saint Johns HS) picked up the assist on the goal by Nance.
Alma tallied in the 81st minute on a shot by Max Vanderpool but could not score again as the Knights held on for the win.
Both teams had 16 shots at goal. Calvin senior goalkeeper Jared Rushlau (Grandville/Grandville HS) had five saves for the Knights. Graham Wallace had five saves for Alma.
Calvin will now prepare to host an MIAA Tournament semifinal game against Kalamazoo on Thursday at 3 p.m. at Calvin’s Zuidema Field.
Calvin moved up to 22nd in the Division III National Soccer Coaches Association Top 25 poll on Tuesday. The Knights were ranked 24th in last week’s poll. Calvin closes out its MIAA season with a 12-1-1 conference record. The Knights are currently 14-3-1 overall heading into Thursday’s MIAA Tournament semifinal match.
MIAA MEN’S SOCCER TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS
#4 Kalamazoo (11-6-1) at #1 Calvin (14-3-1) at 3 p.m.
#3 Hope (12-7-0) at #2 Olivet (15-4-1) at 3 p.m.
FINALS (11-3-12) at site of highest remaining seed