Men’s Soccer Gains Ground in MIAA Standings With 2-1 Win Over Kalamazoo
Saturday, October 25, 2008
GRAND RAPIDS—The Knights staved off a late-game push by Kalamazoo and outlasted the seventh-place Kalamazoo College Hornets at Zuidema Field, picking up their 11th consecutive victory, winning by a score of 2-1.
Freshmen Tyler Vegter (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) and Miles Colago (Anoka, Minn./Anoka HS) came off the bench to net goals for first-place Calvin (13-3-0, 10-0-0) – each of whom scored against Kalamazoo when the two teams first met back on Sept. 30.
“That shows the depth we have in our program,” said Calvin coach Chris Hughes. “That’s where our first goal came from. It worked out nicely.”
Vegter sparked Calvin’s offense with a strike in the 34th minute, capitalizing off a deflected shot that was initially uncorked by sophomore Kurt Van Sickel (Pittsburgh, Penn./Trinity Christian), who was awarded the assist.
The Knights amended their 1-0 lead in the second half as Colago fielded a corner kick from Scott Hooker (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) that weaved through Kalamazoo’s box, tapping in a weak side goal past Hornet goalkeeper Josh Wahlstrom.
Trailing 2-0 in the 89th, Kalamazoo converted on a corner kick – the Hornets’ only opportunity from the corner all game – sent by Dane Carey with only 1:35 remaining. The goal was given credit to Steve Hagerman.
“Kalamazoo came out to play,” said Hughes. “They battled all 90 minutes. We knew they were going to be an aggressive team, a fast team, and so we were expecting it.”
Calvin goalkeeper Darrin Cline (Grandville/Grandville HS) was able to fend off a pair of late-game through balls sent from the Kalamazoo backfield to solidify the win for the Knights.
The Knights received more good news following their 10th straight conference win, as second-place Hope (12-2-2, 8-2-0) fell to Trine (7-9-0, 5-5-0) in a 2-1 battle in Angola, Indiana. Hope’s loss gives Calvin a six-point lead in the MIAA standings head into next week’s slate of conference games.
Calvin will host fourth-place Olivet (7-8-1, 5-5-0) on Tuesday, Oct. 28 before trekking to the lakeshore for round two of its rivalry match-up with Hope on November 1.