Men’s Soccer Shut Out by Kalamazoo 3-0 at Zuidema Field
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Kalamazoo surprised the host Knights in front of a large crowd at Zuidema Field as the Hornets defeated Calvin 3-0. The victory is Kalamazoo’s first at Calvin since 2002.
Calvin (5-4-0 overall, 4-1-0 MIAA) also saw its five-game win streak come to an end.
The Knights outshot Kalamazoo 19-9 but the Hornets were opportunistic on offense and strong on defense. Kalamazoo grabbed a 1-0 lead late in the first half as Noah Bushaw pounced on a loose ball near midfield, dribbled into the Calvin zone and launched a 25-yard rocket that knuckled just under the crossbar.
Calvin pressed for the tying goal in the second half but Kalamazoo struck again on a counterattack in the 57th minute as Werner Roennecke drilled a rebound shot from point-blank range into the net. The Hornets then scored an insurance goal with just over three minutes left in regulation.
Calvin’s best scoring chance came in the 68th minute as junior Travis Vegter (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) took a free kick just outside the Kalamazoo box and whistled a low hard shot that Kalamazoo goalkeeper Beau Prey was able to snag. Prey finished the game with seven saves. Kalamazoo’s defense also cleared a ball off the line early in the first half after a shot got past Prey but was cleared by a Kalamazoo defender.
Despite the loss, Calvin remains in sole possession of first place in the MIAA standings as Olivet defeated Hope 2-1 in overtime, keeping Calvin three points ahead of a logjam of teams now tied for second place which includes Hope, Alma, Kalamazoo and Adrian.
Calvin will host Alma on Wednesday in a 4 p.m. match at Zuidema Field.