Men’s Soccer Records 3-2 Overtime Win Over Olivet Behind Vegter Hat-Trick Performance
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Story by Brett Venhuizen
The men’s soccer team hosted the Comets of Olivet in a key MIAA match at Zuidema Field on Saturday afternoon. It was a hard fought win for the Knights who needed extra time to put away the Comets. The Knights ended up defending their home turf with a 3-2 overtime win.
After this game Calvin improves to 10-5-0 overall and 9-2-0 in the MIAA, while Olivet drops to a 9-7-1 overall and 7-4-0 in league play. This win keeps the Knights in sole possession of first place in MIAA standings with 27 points.
Fred Smyser of Olivet drew first blood in the match with a goal off of a Jared Wilson-Santos assist. Six minutes later the Knights would get on the board with a volley shot from Junior Travis Vegter (Hudsonville; Unity Christian) off of two great passes from Zach Willis (Wyoming; Unity Christian) and Taylor Pruis ( Grand Rapids; Grand Rapids Christian).
In the second half, Vegter opened up a lead for the Knights with another goal off of a free kick from Nick Groenewold (Oak Brook, IL; Timothy Christian) at about the half field mark. The ball was sent in off of a header from Vegter past the keeper for the goal. The Comets were playing down a man at this point after an Olivet player received his second yellow card.
In the 80th minute the Comets would come up with the equalizer in the form of Gregory Petty off of a feed from Fred Smyser. Ninety minutes was not enough to decide this one though as the game was sent into overtime.
In overtime the Knights came out with energy and only needed a minute and twenty nine seconds to put one in the back of the net. The winner was set up by a great lead pass by Zach Willis to Vegter in front of the goal to complete his hat trick.
The Knights led the match with 17 shots compared to Olivet’s 6. The game was physical with a combined 23 fouls and 10 cards given out by the officials.
“We showed a lot of resilience in the game coming back from a deficit to get the win and the three points,” said Knights Head Coach Ryan Souders. “This was an all-around team win, every guy on this team had an impact. All 26 players if they played 91 minutes or not at all were a big part of this win for us.”
The Knights will return to action on Tuesday the 29th away at Kalamazoo, game time is 7 p.m.