Men’s Soccer Picks Up 4-1 Win Over Visiting Olivet
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
By Chaz Amidon
GRAND RAPIDS—Calvin preserved its undefeated conference record with a convincing 4-1 win over Olivet on Tuesday, extending the Knights’ win streak to 12 games while completing their season sweep of the fifth-place Comets.
Sophomore Scott Hooker scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season and dished out two assists to galvanize a Calvin offense marked by erratic scoring spurts during MIAA play.
“Well we have to be better now,” said Calvin coach Chris Hughes. “It’s that time of year. It’s nice to score four goals, especially against Olivet, a good, hard, physical team.”
The No. 21 Knights (14-3-0, 11-0-0), coming off a pair of home victories against Kalamazoo and Alma last week, closed out their three-game homestand by tying their highest-scoring league bout of 2008, as Calvin routed the Hornets back on Sept. 30 by the same score of 4-1.
“It was real nice because we haven’t been scoring too many goals this year,” said Hooker.
Hooker has more than doubled any of his teammates in total points, accumulating 25 throughout the Knights’ 17 games this season.
He doled out assists to senior Dan VanSlyke and junior Luke Holtrop on Tuesday before capping Calvin’s scoring surge, depositing a tactful one-touch in the upper-left hand corner of Olivet’s net in the 57th minute.
“He brings lots of goals and lots of assists and we’re happy he’s out there,” said Hughes. “He did a great job for us.”
Calvin jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute when VanSlyke connected on a one-timer from Hooker at the top of the box — it was VanSlyke’s third strike of the year.
Sophomore Brad Heethuis responded nearly 10 minutes later, dumping in a rebound fired by freshman Tyler Vegter just inside the right corner of the Comets’ box.
“It’s nice to have the feeling that everything’s going right,” said Hooker.
Holtrop scored only minutes into the second half, fielding a cross from Hooker and beating Comet goalkeeper Ethan Felsing with a laser from 15 yards out.
Hooker’s goal — Calvin’s final strike of the game — incited a keeper change for both teams, as the Knights’ Ryan Bratt replaced All-MIAA selection Darrin Cline in net for the final 25 minutes.
Olivet’s Clay Robinson caught Calvin’s defense off guard just moments after Cline’s departure, sending a 30-yard line drive past Bratt in the 66th minute that accounted for the Comets’ lone score.
After Tuesday’s win, the Knights now have a record of 23-1-1 in conference play since the start of the 2007 season, where Calvin went 12-1-1 en route to claiming its first MIAA title since 2004.
Calvin will face off against second-place Hope — a team that dropped a pivotal 2-1 decision to Trine on Oct. 25 — on Saturday what promises to be a thrilling second round of the rivalry match-up. The Knights pulled off a 1-0 victory over the Flying Dutchmen at Zuidema Field back on Oct. 8, using a goal from junior Alex McKenzie.
“It’ll be just like every other one — it’ll be tough,” said Hooker of Saturday’s rematch with Hope. “They’re a real physical team and they’ll be ready.”
Calvin will then travel to Adrian on Nov. 5 and will host Trine on Nov. 8 to close out its MIAA schedule.