Men’s Soccer Team Opens MIAA Campaign With 2-0 Victory Over Adrian
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
(written by sports information student assistant Derek Neice)
As conference play gets underway, the top-ranked Knights of Calvin got down to business Wednesday afternoon as they defeated the Bulldogs of Adrian by a score of 2-0. Calvin completely had the bulk of the offensive firepower throughout the game, amassing a 28-5 shot advantage, with 10 of those shots being on net. Goals for Calvin were scored by sophomore Joe Broekhuizen (Grand Rapids, MI) and junior Tyler Vegter (Hudsonville, MI) as the Knights rolled to their seventh straight victory of the season and first win in MIAA play.
“The scoreboard reflected what we did here today,” Calvin Coach Chris Hughes commented afterward. “We won and that’s our job, to be up by a goal at the end and we were up by two so we did our job.”
“You want to come out and start off strong and find that win somehow,” Hughes said. “I think the kids were up to it today, focused on getting that first win and starting it off right.”
The game opened up with the right kind of intensity for the Knights as they immediately began pressuring the Adrian defense, creating a number of opportunities that could have easily been converted into goals. The Bulldogs managed to hold things scoreless though as time wound down in the half until Broekhuizen broke things loose with a rocket of a goal in the 42nd minute. Sophomore Trevor Bushhouse (Wheaton, IL) made a nice run down the heart of the attacking third for the Knights and then fed Broekhuizen in the box, who turned and ripped a shot past the Adrian keeper Alex Pavlika (Temperance, MI) and into the back of the net. The goal was Broekhuizen’s fourth of the season.
Calvin nearly doubled its lead just after when senior Dan Kmetz (Strongsville, OH) rifled one of his seven shots of the game at what looked to be an open net, but a fantastic save made by Pavlika saw the half end with just the lone goal lead.
In the second half, it was not long before Calvin struck again as the Knights continued to pressure Adrian on its half of the field. This time, junior winger Chris Nance (Washington, MI) took a drop pass and hooked a beauty of a cross into the box where Vegter leaped up and redirected it soundly into the right corner for the second goal of the match and his first of the year.
Calvin would continue to pressure in the remaining minutes, but done so with more care as the Knights looked to preserve the lead thereafter.
“The guys took care of business on the offensive end and the defensive end,” he continued. “I thought there was good possession and that there were good opportunities, and credit to Adrian’s defense, they’re a young team and they’re going to be good down the road.”
“I’m happy with all of their efforts,” Hughes continued saying, “and again I think we sub quite deep and I think that’s going to be a strength of our program.”
The win improved the Knights to 7-0 overall and 1-0 in MIAA regular season play, and the shutout would be their sixth out of the seven games thus far, a stretch that has seen Calvin outscore its opponents 17-2.
With the game behind them now, the Knights will look ahead to the weekend when they will travel to Holland to take on the Hope Flying Dutchmen in a rivalry contest that never seems to disappoint.
“We prepare for them [Hope] as we do with everybody else,” Hughes concluded about the upcoming match. “We have to make sure what we’re doing is done right and that we’re disciplined and things will then work in a positive direction.”
That game is set to kick off at 7:00 p.m. this Saturday evening.