Men’s Soccer Shuts Out Hiram 3-0 - Ups Season Record to 6-0
Sunday, September 19, 2010
HIRAM, OH – The top-ranked Calvin men’s soccer team remained unbeaten with a 3-0 victory at Hiram College Saturday afternoon. Playing nearby his hometown of Strongsville, Ohio, Calvin College senior Dan Kmetz enjoyed a happy homecoming by scoring the game-winning goal in the 34th minute of play, ripping in a 30-yard blast that knuckled over the Hiram goalkeeper and just under the crossbar.
Calvin (6-0-0) then received late second half goals from senior Brad Heethuis (Jenison/Unity Christian HS) and Joe Broekhuizen (Grand Rapids/South Christian HS) to put the game away.
The goal by Heethuis came on a well-conceived pass from senior Scott Hooker (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS). The goal was the third of the year for Heethuis. The goal for Broekhuizen was also his third tally of the season.
“This was a nice game to end our non-conference season,” said Calvin men’s soccer coach Chris Hughes after the game. “The goal by Kmetz was just a great college goal – a real highlight quality shot. I know it was a big thrill for him to score a goal like that in front of several family members and friends who came to see him.”
The goals by Heethuis and Broekhuizen were a result of Calvin continuing to pressure the Terriers (2-5-0) with fresh players throughout the game. “I think our depth came into play in the last 10 minutes when we scored two more to put the game away,” said Hughes. “Our strikers were fresh and that forces a defense that has been in the entire game to work extremely hard.”
Calvin finished the game with an 18-7 shots at goal advantage including an 11-3 advantage in the second half.
Senior goalkeeper Ryan Bratt (Silver Spring, MD/Washington Christian Academy) went the distance in nets to post his fourth shutout of the season and the seventh of his career.
Calvin will now prepare to host Adrian next Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Zuidema Field in the MIAA opener for both teams.