Men’s Soccer Team Dodges the Rain and Wind to Garner 2-0 Win Over Kalamazoo
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot/Photo by Bill Sanderson
The Knights triumphed over opponent and condition with a 2-0 win over Kalamazoo on Wednesday.
Calvin got on the board early in a cold, wet, and windy day when, in the game’s second minute, sophomore Zach Willis got free on the left flank and delivered a cross across the goalmouth to junior Chris Nance, who buried a volley into the back of the net.
The Knights were then able to settle into a lead, and Calvin set the tone for the rest of the match with a premium on possession. Calvin owned the ball, even in Kalamazoo territory. In the 23rd minute, Willis drew a foul inside the box, earning a penalty kick for the Knights. Once again, it was Nance’s turn to advance Calvin on the scoreboard. Nance finished the penalty to double Calvin’s margin and the Knights entered halftime with a 2-0 advantage.
In the second half, the Knights furthered their stranglehold on possession and limited the Hornets to just three shots. Junior Michael Dolan was also strong for the Knights between the pipes. Dolan recorded four saves for the Knights. Between that and strong play in the back, Calvin was able to preserve a 2-0 victory.
“Despite the conditions, we have to come out and get a result,” said Coach Chris Hughes. “Our offense started with our backline today, and we were successful,” he added.
With the victory, Calvin is now four points ahead of second place Olivet and six points ahead of third place Hope and Trine in the conference standings after Trine dropped a 1-0 decision to Hope on Wednesday.