Men’s Soccer Settles for Tie at Adrian - Remains in Second in the MIAA Standings
Saturday, October 16, 2010
(by sports information student assistant Derek Neice)
On the road and against a tough Adrian team Saturday afternoon, the Knights led early but were not able to hold on for a win, settling instead for a 1-1 double overtime tie against the Bulldogs. Calvin created a number of chances on goal but had trouble testing Adrian’s keeper with good shots, and goalkeeper Ryan Bratt (Silver Spring, MD) also made some huge saves to keep Calvin from falling behind.
“Bratt’s been huge and I have so much confidence in his ability,” said Hughes of Bratt’s effort in goal. “He made a monster save, so the one he needed to make, he made.”
“I don’t think they had very many point blank shots with a lot coming from distance,” continued Hughes. “So the defense withheld well and the midline did a good job once we got up and running, but it all starts with having confidence in that goalkeeper, and we do.”
Miles Colago (Anoka, MN) opened the scoring up in the 16th minute after a throw-in was flicked on by Justin Ahearne (Hudsonville, MI). The ball found its way to Colago in the box, who then put a well-placed ball into the bottom corner of the net.
The Knights would go into halftime up 1-0 from that goal, but both teams playing pretty evenly throughout the first half as Adrian led the shot advantage 7-4 and Calvin owned the lead.
In the second half Calvin started out well again but the lead would not ultimately hold as Adrian equalized in the 75th minute when Billy Cremeans (Portage, MI) found some open field on the right side and curled an impeccable shot past Bratt and into the far post netting.
Both teams would fight to take, or retake the lead in Calvin’s case, but regulation would end with the score still knotted. Overtime featured an additional number of chances by both teams but the score would remain unchanged.
“I thought we played well and I thought we had some good momentum in trying to finish the game out,” said Coach Hughes after. “We learn from this and move forward and we just have to find that way to get three points from here on out.”
Adrian finished on top of the shot advantage 17-13 through regulation and the two overtime periods. Bratt finished the game with 8 saves in keeping the Knights from falling behind further. Calvin only managed to put two shots on net, one being Colago’s goal.
The tie pushes Calvin’s league record to 4-1-3 (10-1-3 overall). The next action for the Knights will come against Hope this upcoming Wednesday in another rivalry contest. The Dutch were the first team to blemish Calvin’s record, and they stand as the sole team to defeat the Knights thus far this season. That match is set to begin at 4 p.m.