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Men’s Soccer Stretches Win Streak To Seven With Win Over Adrian

Saturday, October 11, 2008

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(written by Chaz Amidon)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Knights’ unblemished conference record was jeopardized for merely 19 seconds on Saturday afternoon.

In what turned out to be a pivotal 21st minute, Calvin sophomore Scott Hooker (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) responded moments later to an Adrian goal – compliments of Eric Drake – that initially stunned the first-place Knights.

Hooker’s strike put Calvin back on track, as coach Chris Hughes’ squad controlled momentum and used a second-half goal from senior Michael Holwerda (Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Christian HS) to overcome the cellar-dwelling Bulldogs, 2-1.

“We didn’t play that well,” said Holwerda. “We’re just happy to get a win. That’s the main thing.”

The Knights out-shot a Bulldogs team, 23-7, in a game where several offensive opportunities went awry – due in part to the stellar play of Adrian goalkeeper Alex Pavila, who reeled in nine saves and shut down two breakaway runs by Holwerda and freshman Ahmed Gobana (Burnsville, MN/Burnsville HS) in the second half.

“We missed a lot of chances to score and we got away from…our game,” said Holwerda.

Holwerda’s go-ahead goal came in the 56th minute after the senior captain trapped a sideline pass from junior Luke Holtrop (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) and sent a dipping rifle over Pavila’s head from the corner of the box.

It was Holwerda’s third strike of the season, as he is now second on the team in total points (9).

“Holtrop played me a ball and I tried to get a foot on it, and it just happened,” said Holwerda.

Calvin’s heralded defensive backfield was nearly flawless, allowing only one shot on net – Drake’s lone goal.

For the second consecutive game, defenders Chad Hart (Byron Center/South Christian HS) and Lucas Wilgenburg (Visalia, CA/Central Valley Christian HS), sweeper Greg Snapper (Madison, WI/Madison West HS) and Holtrop, the stopper, were the only Knights not to be subbed out.

“They’ve been carrying us for pretty much the whole season so far,” said Holwerda of Calvin’s defense. “Each game they keep us together because we know they’re going to play solid, they’re going to play consistent. Without them we would not be where we are right now.”

Calvin (6-0-0, 9-3-0) remains unbeaten in MIAA play, alone atop league standings, and will hit the road for two games before having a three-game home stand beginning Oct. 22.

The Knights will travel to Angola, Ind. to take on Trine on Tuesday, Oct. 14, and will head to Albion for round two against the Britons next Saturday, Oct. 18. 

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