Men’s Soccer Drops Penalty Kick Shootout to Hope in MIAA Tournament Final
Sunday, November 10, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Calvin men’s soccer hosted the Flying Dutch of Hope College on Saturday afternoon for the MIAA Tournament Final. The teams split the regular season series, with Calvin winning 5-1 at home and losing 3-1 at Hope.
Unfortunately for Calvin, a well-played match did not spell victory for the Knights, and a penalty shootout thriller eventually fell into Hope’s favor.
The Flying Dutchmen owned the beginning of the match. Hope pressured Calvin’s net from the onset, tallying six shots in the opening seven minutes.
None of the chances were more threatening than a head ball from Hope senior Grant Neil which fortunately found the arms of Calvin junior keeper Andrew Claucherty.
The Knights also had a great chance on net in the opening half. Sophomore Taylor Pruis made a run up the sideline, beating his Hope defender down to the end line. Pruis then found junior Travis Vegter in the box, whose ensuing shot was saved right at the post by the Flying Dutchmen’s goalie.
In the second half, Hope scored the first goal of the match in the 58th minute. Off of a corner kick, Cameron Dice collected a rebound on the end line and placed the ball off the crossbar and into the net for a 1-0 Flying Dutchmen lead.
Calvin responded minutes later. A pass from Pruis found Knights junior Sean Broekhuizen in the center of the box. Broekhuizen then rocketed a shot past the Hope keeper to equalize the match at 1-1 in the 63rd minute.
The final 25-plus minutes were played tightly on both sides, with neither team able to beat the opposing defense as the game went into overtime.
In overtime, again, the defenses were too strong for either team’s attack, and the game played through both overtimes with only two shots on goal.
The match then headed into penalty kicks.
The Flying Dutchmen, shooting first, made their first four penalty kicks. Calvin made three of its first four, setting up Hope’s Tarwo Konbloa for the potential game winner.
Konbloa hit the ensuing kick wide of the net, setting up freshman Stephan Hooker to tie the game.
Hooker calmly stepped up and hit the shot, sending the game into sudden death penalty kicks.
The first kick is where the match would end for Calvin, as a Hope goal and then a save by the Flying Dutchmen keeper Ethan Beswick claimed the MIAA Tournament Championship for Hope.
Calvin is now 14-5-1 overall while Hope, now 16-4-2, claims the automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament.