Men’s Soccer Rolls To 8-0 Win Over Wittenberg
Sunday, September 20, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, OH—The Calvin men’s soccer team lit up the scoreboard on Saturday on the second and final day of competition at the Wittenberg Invitational, defeating host Wittenberg 8-0 Saturday afternoon. Ranked 25th in the most recent D3soccer.com Top 25 poll, Calvin (5-1-0) roared out to a 7-0 first half lead and then added one more in the opening moments of the second half.
Calvin concluded the tournament with a 2-0 record, outscoring the opposition 11-0 as the Knights also garnered a 3-0 win over Otterbein Friday night.
Junior Scott Hooker (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) got the Knights on the board with a pair of goals in the opening 22 minutes. After a goal by freshman Chris Nance (Washington, MI/Warren DeLaSalle HS) in the 23rd minute of play, the Knights struck for three goals in a span of five minutes and then added a seventh goal with just eight seconds left in the first.
Calvin closed out the scoring with a goal 43 seconds into the second half as junior Brad Heethuis (Jenison/Unity Christian HS) scored off a feed from senior Greg Snapper (Madison, WI/Madison East HS).
Freshman Joe Broekhuizen (Grand Rapids/South Christian HS) scored two goals as did junior Kurt Van Sickel (Pittsburgh, PA/Trinity Christian HS). Van Sickel now has a team-leading four goals with all four coming this weekend as he also scored twice in Friday’s win over Otterbein.
Both of Broekhuizen’s goals came off of corner kicks. The goals were the first two of his collegiate career. The goal by Nance was also the first of his collegiate career.
Junior Dan Kmetz (Strongsville, OH/Strongsville HS) also had two assists while Van Sickel, freshman Dan Nederhoed (East Kentwood/East Kentwood HS) and senior Michael Holwerda (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) also had one assist each.
Calvin held a 25-0 shots at goal advantage with sophomore Jared Rushlau (Grandville/Grandville HS) and junior Ryan Bratt (Silver Spring, MD/Washington Christian Academy) combining on the shutout in goal.
Calvin returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Alma at 4:00 p.m. in the MIAA opener for both teams at Calvin’s Zuidema Field.