Men’s Soccer Extends Win Streak With 3-1 Win Over Adrian
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
(Photo by Paul Evans)
Story by Mark DeHaan
Hosting Adrian Tuesday afternoon at Zuidema Field, Calvin dominated play throughout the game, outshooting the Bulldogs 31-3 and earning the 3-1 victory.
Adrian looked to prevent the Knights from scoring by playing only one striker and putting seven to eight Bulldogs in the box when Calvin pushed the ball forward. This did not stop the Knights from scoring in the 11th minute though as junior Zach Willis found his way into the Adrian box and passed to senior Joe Broekhuizen who simply tapped the ball into the net for the 1-0 Calvin advantage.
The Bulldogs did not record a shot in the first half, and with that lack of offensive pressure, the Knights possessed the ball close to 80% of the half.
In the 36th minute, that possession paid off as sophomore Travis Vegter sent a through ball to a streaking Zach Willis. Using his left foot, Willis slipped it under the charging Adrian keeper and into the net to give Calvin the 2-0 lead.
Out of the break, Adrian continued to sit back on defense, still placing just one striker on top of their offense.
Calvin was given a great chance to extend their lead on a penalty kick with about twenty minutes remaining. Vegter stepped up to take the kick, but his low driving shot to the bottom right corner was saved on a spectacular dive by the Adrian keeper.
The Bulldogs offense then responded in the 82nd minute as sophomore Nick Minshall netted a goal to cut Calvin’s lead to 2-1. Despite possession heavily in the Knights’ favor, Adrian was trailing just a goal with under ten minutes remaining.
Freshman Taylor Pruis then stepped up for the Knights, heading in an insurance goal off a corner kick in the 85th minute to put the Calvin advantage at 3-1. This would be the last scoring opportunity of the game for either team as the Knights earned the 3-1 victory.
Calvin outshot the Bulldogs 31-3, including 9-0 shots on net. The Knights also held a 13-1 corner kick advantage. Senior keeper Jared Rushlau earned the win in net for Calvin.
I was proud of our guys. For the most part we stayed pretty disciplined, said head coach Ryan Souders. We were able to move the ball pretty well, stay disciplined and create some chances. We need to finish games a little better, but we got the win, three points, and now we move on to Saturday (against Alma).
Calvin, now 5-1 in the MIAA and 7-3 overall , drops Adrian to 1-5 in conference and 3-9 on the season. The Knights look forward to Saturday when they will play in the second game of a women’s-men’s soccer doubleheader at Zuidema Field, with the women hosting Kalamazoo at noon and the men slated to play the Scots of Alma at 2:30 p.m.