Men’s Soccer Upset By Albion 3-2 - Falls Out of First Place in MIAA Standings)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
(Written by Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice)
As the season winds down, the must-win games decide who will continue on into postseason play. This is now the case for Calvin’s men’s soccer team after suffering a tough home loss to the Britons of Albion College Tuesday afternoon, a 3-2 slugfest that saw the Knights lose despite outshooting Albion 25-4.
The Knights also fell out of first place in the MIAA standings as Hope defeated Alma 2-1, moving one point ahead of Calvin.
Coach Hughes summarized what has been the basic story of this dynamic Knights offense all season. “There were some real good opportunities in front of the net that we have got to capitalize on.”
“We scored two,” Hughes continued, “but that wasn’t enough.”
Albion scored the first goal of the game with twenty minutes left in the first half. Midfielder Jon Cannell (Vicksburg, MI) beat a couple of Calvin defenders in the box and layed a shot past freshman keeper Michael Dolan (Casco, MI).
The Britons managed to increase their lead to 2-0 four minutes into the second half after a counterattack breakaway resulted in Cannell’s second goal of the game, a header off of a cross by teammate Dimitrios Tomares (Ioannina, Greece).
But the Knights refused to fold after falling behind by two goal, starting with a picture-perfect free kick by junior Dan Kmetz (Strongsville, OH). Kmetz launched the ball over the wall and into the goal, just under the crossbar and just over the hand of the outstretched Albion keeper.
Calvin was now only down by one with 35 minutes left in the game.
What transpired after the goal by Kmetz would determine the outcome of the game. Albion snuck a quick breakaway right after the kickoff, only about 30 seconds after Kmetz’s free kick, and put in their third goal of the game, injuring keeper Dolan in the process.
Just five minutes after this, Calvin’s Lucas Wilgenberg (Visalia, CA) launched home a goal with thirty minutes to play after a nice turn to create space for an assist by freshman midfielder Nick Holtrop (Hudsonville, MI).
At 3-2, the Knights were still very much in the game, and despite four or five great chances on goal in the draining minutes of the game, Calvin could not equalize, going on to lose only their second conference game this season.
Coach Hughes talked after the game about what the future holds for his team.
“We need to win out,” Hughes stated. “We need to win the MIAA at this point, that’s how we’ll get to the national tournament.”
“And maybe this is that spark that we need,” Hughes concluded, “to win out the rest of
Calvin falls to 8-2-1 in the conference on the year. Their next match-up will an away match against Kalamazoo College on October 31st.