Men’s Soccer Defeats Kalamazoo - Moves Into Tie For First Place in MIAA Standings
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
(Written by Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice)
On a chilly Wednesday afternoon at Calvin’s Zuidema Field, the nationally-ranked Calvin men’s soccer team outlasted a persistent Kalamazoo squad 1-0.
With the victory, Calvin moved into a tie for first place in the MIAA standings with Hope at 4-0-1 in league play. Adrian tied Hope on Wednesday night 1-1. Adrian also tied Calvin 0-0 earlier this year.
On the final box score, Calvin looked dominant in virtually every facet of the game, but on the field it was a different story against the Hornets. A last second first half penalty kick by senior Michael Holwerda (Grand Rapids, MI) put Calvin on the board, and a scoreless second half saw the Knights prevail.
Calvin out-shot the Hornets 20-3 over the course of the match, with an 8-1 shots-on-goal advantage. Kalamazoo’s goalkeeper, senior Ben Schroeder (Livonia, MI), was the sole reason why the Knights didn’t put more than one goal into the back of the net, finishing the match with seven saves. Schroeder even read Holwerda’s penalty shot well, but couldn’t get a glove on the ball as it scooted past him in the lower left corner of the goal.
“You know, a win is a win and we’ll take it and move to the next game,” said Coach Hughes after the game. He continued, “Overall I’m happy with what we did. It started off a bit slow, but it’s nothing we can’t fix.”
Defensive play was again the story of the game for this Knights team as the strong back line, led by senior Greg Snapper, (Madison, WI), helped preserve the 1-0 shutout.
“Overall that back line is doing a great job,” said Hughes of his defense, “with Snapper and Wilgenburg in the insides, and Rushlau is doing the job when he needs to in goal, so overall I’m very happy with those back-five.”
The first half as a whole was back and forth with much of the battle for the ball happening in the middle of the field. The Knights had a few offensive chances but were unable to finish. Calvin’s lone goal came with twenty seconds left in the half.
Holwerda received a pass outside the box and went on to beat four Hornet defenders, drawing a whistle from the referee after beating that fourth man. Holwerda took the penalty shot and drove it low and left, just past the keeper. That goal plus a scoreless second half was all the Knights needed to win their ninth game of the year, pushing their MIAA record to 4-0-1.
Coach Hughes put it best when talking about the game today, “We need to be up by a goal at the end of the game and that’s what the kids did.”
Calvin will certainly look to continue putting shots on goal in future games as well as maintaining their vicious defense.
The Knights come back to action on Saturday October 10th as they host fellow MIAA competitor Trine College at Calvin’s Zuidema Field.