Men’s Soccer Falls to DePauw 3-0 in NCAA III Tournament First Round Game
Friday, November 09, 2012
Story by Mark DeHaan
RIVER FOREST, IL - Calvin College men’s soccer traveled to Dominican University for first round NCAA Division III Tournament action against DePauw University Friday afternoon. Unfortunately for Calvin, a 1st minute goal by DePauw and an inability to find the back of the net doomed the Knights as they fell 3-0.
The Knights found themselves in an early hole as DePauw scored just 31 seconds into the match. A defensive breakdown by Calvin gave DePauw a good shot on net. Calvin senior keeper Jared Rushlau punched the ball away from frame, but right to a DePauw attacker. The DePauw attacker then headed the ball toward the empty net, past a recovering Rushlau and a Calvin defender into the net for a stunningly early 1-0 DePauw lead.
The Tigers added to their lead in the 21st minute. Saving a shot on net was Jared Rushlau. With the ball seemingly in Rushlau’s possession, a DePauw attacker was able to poke the ball into the back of the net to extend the Tigers’ lead to 2-0.
Calvin would not give up easily, though, as the Knights attack began to pressure DePauw keeper Tony Halterman. Senior Nick Holtrop first pressured the Tiger keeper on a deep shot on frame that ricocheted off the crossbar. Senior Joe Broekhuizen collected the rebound and put another shot on net, this too off the crossbar.
Minutes later, Holtrop struck an immaculate volley with his off-foot that was seemingly destined for the back of the net before Halterman punched it over the bar.
The Knights then earned three corner kicks in the final minute. None of these kicks resulted in any strong opportunities on net, however, and Calvin went into the intermission with a steep 2-0 hill to climb.
In the 66th minute, the climb became even steeper as the Tigers netted their third goal of the match to push their advantage to 3-0.
The Knights then took an emotional hit in the 70th minute when Rushlau had to be carted off the field with a leg injury after a collision with a DePauw player. The DePauw player was shown a red card, and Calvin played up a man the remainder of the match.
Unfortunately for the Knights, the man-advantage was not enough to make up for the emotional toll of losing your senior keeper or the three goal deficit, and Calvin ended up falling 3-0 to DePauw to bring its season to an end.
Rushlau made six saves before leaving with injury, while Halterman totaled eight saves in blanking the Knights.
The loss ended the careers of arguably the most successful class in Calvin soccer history. Seniors Nick Holtrop, Joe Broekhuizen, Dan Nederhoed, Jared Rushlau, Trevor Bushouse and Chris Nance made it to the National Tournament all four years of their Calvin careers, advancing to the national final twice and the quarterfinals once.
“Losing and ending a season never becomes normal,” said head coach Ryan Souders. “If our senior class is judged on today, things are kind of lost in translation. This is a group of guys that elevated what was a very good program to a program which expects to win the conference, expects to be in the national tournament, and expects to play many games in the national tournament. That is quite a legacy to leave; to take a program that was and is very good, to the next level, is a huge accomplishment to them and an incredible job on their part.”
Calvin ends its season with a record of 16-4-1.