Men’s soccer team picks up 7-1 win over visiting Albion Britons
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Story By Mark DeHaan
Photo by Paul Evans
Looking to duplicate the result of the women’s game, the Knights men’s soccer team had plenty of work to do if they wanted to come up with a similar 11-0 win. Although Calvin did not score 11 goals, it still came away with a dominant 7-1 win.
The Knights opened up the scoring just a few minutes in with a great volley goal by junior Ben Honeycutt. Sophomore defender Sean Broekhuizen sent a free kick into the box where Honeycutt came flying in and hit the ball top shelf past the Britons keeper to give Calvin the 1-0 lead.
In the 25th minute, Calvin added to its lead on a great hustle play by senior Nick Holtrop. An Albion defender, attempting to clear the ball out of their box, kicked the ball off the charging Holtrop and into the net.
Minutes later, another deflection goal put the Knights advantage at 3-0 as freshman Taylor Pruis, attempting to cross the ball into the box hit it off a Britons defender and into the goal. Calvin took the 3-0 lead, as well as a 13-2 shots advantage, into halftime.
Coming out of halftime, Calvin received two quick goals from senior Joe Broekhuizen. Broekhuizen’s first came on a breakaway as a great through ball from Holtrop sent him in on net where he hit it far post. Broekhuizen also scored on a shot that was mishandled by the keeper and slipped into net.
The Knights added their sixth goal on a penalty kick which was converted by senior Chris Nance. Calvin’s final goal came from sophomore Adrien Mary, who put away a cross from junior Zach Willis in the middle of the box.
Albion’s lone goal came in the 80th minute from sophomore Mike Tolkacz who put a low shot near post from the top of the box which slipped in.
The final ten minutes ticked off and Calvin earned the 7-1 victory. The Knights built a 23-8 shots advantage throughout the game. Freshman Andrew Claucherty earned the win in net, playing the first half and making two saves. Senior Jared Rushlau also played keeper for Calvin, playing the entire second half and also making two saves.
Calvin is now 4-3 overall and 2-1 in conference play while dropping the Britons to 1-7 and 0-3 in the MIAA.
“This is a good game for us,” said Calvin men’s soccer coach Ryan Souders. “Our guys came out and did what we talked about in training all week, and to get the result convincingly is good for us heading into Wednesday’s big game at Hope.“
Calvin plays Hope at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night at Van Andel Soccer Stadium in Holland.