Men’s Soccer Remains Tied for MIAA Lead With 2-0 Win Over Alma
Saturday, October 30, 2010
By sports information student assistant Andrew Knot
Calvin kept its hopes of an MIAA crown alive with a 2-0 win over Alma on Saturday.
With the win, Calvin remains tied for the MIAA lead with Hope with 24 points, one point ahead of Adrian (23 points) and two points ahead of Olivet (22 points).
Alma, the last place team in the MIAA, came out aggressively in the opening minutes, but Calvin soon settled down and took control of the game. The Knights owned possession and exhibited some excellent ball distribution.
But until the 39th minute, the Knights were held scoreless. Then junior Chris Nance lasered a ball into the box. Joe Broekhuizen received the pass with his back to the goal, turned and fired a shot at the far post.
That goal gave Calvin a momentum boost with just six minutes remaining in the half. Going into the second half, Calvin continued to dominate possession, but Alma’s defense was staunch, keeping the Knights off the board.
Then with 2:11 remaining in the game, Scott Hooker found some room inside the box and was taken down. His efforts earned a penalty kick for Calvin. Hooker buried the ball in the lower right corner, sealing the victory for Calvin.
Ryan Bratt and the defense earned another shut out in the back and limited Alma to nine shots on the game.
“It took us time to figure out where we could find our breaks. And eventually, we found two,” said Coach Chris Hughes.
The Knights will have to continue their winning streak if they want to keep MIAA championship hopes alive.
“We need to take care of our own game. We have to find three points every game,” said Hughes.
Calvin travels to Albion on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. contest and will host Trine next Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
MIAA MEN’S SOCCER STANDINGS THROUGH 10-30-10
Calvin 7-2-3 (24 points)
Hope 8-4-0 (24 points)
Adrian 7-3-2 (23 points)
Olivet 7-4-1 (22 points)
Kalamazoo 6-6-0 (18 points)
Trine 5-6-1 (16 points)
Albion 3-9-0 (9 points)
Alma 1-10-1 (4 points)