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Men’s Soccer Pulls Out Win at Trine - Creates Saturday Showdown for MIAA Title at Hope

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

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ANGOLA, IN—An MIAA title and an automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament will be on the line Saturday afternoon when Calvin and Hope meet in men’s soccer at 2:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium on the campus of Grand Rapids Christian High School. A 3-2 Calvin victory over Trine and a Hope tie at Olivet on Wednesday turned Saturday’s Calvin-Hope contest into a title tilt. With its win at Trine and Hope’s 0-0 tie at Olivet, Calvin (9-3-1 MIAA) picked up two points on Hope in the league standings and also moved to within two points of the Flying Dutchmen (9-1-3 MIAA).

Hope has 30 points in league play while Calvin has 28 points. A victory by Calvin would give Calvin the outright title. A tie or a Hope victory would give the Flying Dutchmen the outright title. The winner of the MIAA will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament. Hope is currently ranked fifth in the most recent set of Central Region rankings, released this afternoon while Calvin is ranked sixth.

Saturday’s game between Calvin and Hope has been moved to Grand Rapids Christian High School because of poor field conditions at Calvin’s Zuidema Field.

In its win over Trine on Wednesday, Calvin needed a come-from-behind effort to secure the win. The Knights (14-4-1) overall struck first, scoring in the 15th minute of play as junior Lucas Wilgenberg (Visalia, CA) redirected a corner kick from senior Alex McKenzie (Lindenhurst, IL) into the net for his second goal of the season.

Trine (7-11-1 overall, 4-8-1 MIAA) roared back with two goals just four-and-a-half minutes apart in the second half to take a 2-1 lead. Jordan Diemer put the Thunder on the board with a goal in the 55th minute and Foster Webb then connected off a corner kick in the 60th minute of play. Josh Rivera was credited with the assist on both scoring plays.

Calvin rebounded quickly however as freshman Joe Broekhuizen (Grand Rapids/South Christian HS) scored his fourth goal of the season, blasting in a pass from teammate Nick Holtrop (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) just 1:12 after Trine’s second tally, tying the game at two.

Calvin continued to pressure and finally broke through again with exactly seven minutes left in regulation as freshman Chris Nance (Washington, MI/Warren DeLaSalle HS) sent a cross into the six-yard box that was headed straight down by junior Dan Kmetz (Strongsville, OH). The header by Kmetz bounced off the ground and hopped over the head of Trine’s onrushing goalkeeper Nick Thon and into the net to give the Knights a 3-2 lead that they would hold onto.

Thon was stout against the Knights, recording 10 saves as Calvin was credited with 30 shots at goal. Trine had four shots at goal with sophomore goalkeeper Jared Rushlau (Grandville/Grandville HS) picking up one save.

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