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Men’s Soccer Defeats Kenyon - Captures Cal Bergsma Memorial Tournament Title

Saturday, September 12, 2009

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GRAND RAPIDS—Calvin defeated 12th-ranked Kenyon 1-0 Saturday afternoon on the second day of the Cal Bergsma Memorial Tournament and in the process, captured the tournament championship for the first time since 2006 and for the fourth time overall.

Senior Alex McKenzie (Lindenhurst, IL/Antioch HS) scored the only goal of the game in the 47th minute of play, redirecting a cross from senior Michael Holwerda (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) into a wide-open goal.

The match was an evenly-played contest as both teams finished with 12 shots apiece.

Calvin sophomore Jared Rushlau (Grandville/Grandville HS) was superb for Calvin in nets, recording five saves including a pair of key stops on throwins into the box in the second half.

Calvin is now 3-1-0 overall and will face Otterbein next Friday night in a tournament hosted by Wittenberg University next Friday.

The Calvin Bergsma Memorial Tournament Bergsma Memorial Tournament honors the memory of Dr. Calvin Bergsma who died tragically in a car accident during the summer of 2001.

In Saturday’s other second round game, Wheaton defeated Hope 1-0.

A 1967 graduate of Calvin College, Dr. Bergsma was a West Michigan urologist who was known as a kind-hearted man who cared deeply for everyone. Dr. Bergsma was particularly close to his friends at both Calvin College and Hope College. He had family ties to both institutions as his wife Gwen (1968) and son Corwyn (1996) are Calvin graduates while his son Clayton is a graduate (2000) of Hope College. Clayton was a four-year member of the Hope menís soccer team while Corwyn was a four-year member of the Calvin menís basketball program.


Calvin 2-0-0
Hope 1-1-0
Wheaton 1-1-0
Kenyon 0-2-0


2001 - Hope
2002 - Hope
2003 - Calvin
2004 - Calvin & Otterbein
2005 - Wheaton
2006 - Calvin
2007 - Wheaton
2008 - Hope
2009 - Calvin

**Tournament Titles - Calvin (4), Hope (3), Wheaton (2), Otterbein (1)

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1 comment on "Men’s Soccer Defeats Kenyon - Captures Cal Bergsma Memorial Tournament Title"
  • This article dosn’t really tell the whole story. After a very physical first half, Calvin returned in the second ready to work. Junior Kyle Billin ignited the team with some great hard-nosed soccer and hustle. His 50-50 win at midfield started the play that led to the goal. The rest of the boys fed off his energy and they started to take control. They shut down Kenyon defensively, on their way to a well-deserved hard fought victory. This team is exciting to watch. 

    Brian Ahearne

    Posted by Brian Ahearne on 09/13 at 06:01 AM