Men’s Soccer Defeats Goshen College 3-0 at Cal Bergsma Memorial Tournament
Saturday, September 04, 2010
(written by sports information student assistant Derek Neice)
In the second game of the Cal Bergsma Memorial Tournament, Calvin knocked off the Goshen Maple Leafs by a score of 3-0. After defeating the Milwaukee School of Engineering 1-0 Friday, the Knights added a second shutout on Saturday, with all three goals coming from three different contributors.
“We’re giving different guys different opportunities on the field, trying guys in different spots and trying to find the right chemistry and the right offense and defense,” Calvin coach Chris Hughes said in a postgame interview. “Yesterday could have been a tale of more goals, and today they took advantage on that.”
The match started off back and forth in the opening minutes as both teams looked to figure out their opponent and try and find some sort of weak point to take advantage of. Calvin soon started to control the game more or less with better possession, and that led to more chances on goal. The first came in just the twelfth minute, when senior forward Brad Heethuis (Jenison, MI) exploded into the box on a perfectly timed run, receiving a through ball from teammate Scott Hooker (Hudsonville, MI), and slotting it with his left foot into the side netting just inside the right post.
The goal would prove to be enough for the Knights on this day as the defense stepped up for the second consecutive day in providing shutouts, but Calvin would soon add more to the tally, but only after a close call on the defensive side. Goshen’s Lewis Caskey (Goshen, IN) ran onto a long pass played deep into the heart of the defense and managed to get a shot on goal, but Calvin keeper Ryan Bratt (Silver Spring, MD) got a hand on it and deflected it away. Soon after, Calvin upped their lead.
Sophomore forward Joe Broekhuizen (Grand Rapids, MI) subbed into the game in the 37th minute, and immediately got into the box and received a long lofted ball from junior back Lucas Wilgenburg (Visalia, CA), redirecting it with his head past the keeper and into the net for Calvin’s second goal of the day.
The score would remain a 2-0 Calvin lead going into the half, with Calvin holding a 7-2 shot advantage over the Maple Leafs, with Bratt getting two saves on both of the Goshen shots.
In the second half it was more or less an even game as Calvin looked to find more on goal to increase the lead and Goshen tried to get back into the game. Both teams would be unable to score throughout more of the half until the 86th minute when Calvin’s Heethuis took a ball into a triple team in the box, somehow popping it out to sophomore back Justin Ahearne (Hudsonville, MI) who sidestepped a defender and then coolly launched it home into the side netting.
The third goal cemented the game for the Knights and the game would end at that score, with Calvin outscoring its opponents by a total of 4-0 over the two games these past two days.
“Our boys had a good game and it was a productive weekend,” Hughes said. “As a coaching staff we figured out several different options and we’ll get some more of those opportunities next weekend.”
Calvin’s next game features a great matchup of talented schools as the Knights travel to Illinois to take on Wheaton College.