Men’s Soccer Wins at Hope 1-0 - Extends Win Streak to Three
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
By Mark DeHaan
Looking to extend their two game win streak, the Knights of Calvin traveled to Van Andel Stadium in Holland to face the Flying Dutchmen of Hope. And, just as they had last year, the Knights returned to Grand Rapids with an exciting 1-0 victory.
Calvin’s lone goal came early as sophomore Travis Vegter struck for the Knights, breaking through the Hope back line to face Hope freshman keeper Ethan Beswick one-on-one. Dribbling toward the corner of the six yard box, Vegter snuck a shot under Beswick’s arm and inside the near post to put Calvin up 1-0.
After the first ten minutes, in which the Knights held the majority of the possession, Hope began to settle down and pressure Calvin senior keeper Jared Rushlau. Hope’s Josh Whitaker and Tarwo Konbloa each had great shots on net late in the first half, both curving just wide of the frame as Calvin took the 1-0 advantage into halftime.
In the second half, the pace quickened as each team looked for the long ball and run onto net. The result was more shots for each team. Despite the increased pressure in the respective defensive thirds, Hope was unable to put any true chances on net.
With twenty minutes remaining, it appeared that the Flying Dutchmen had tied up the ball game when a long throw from about 40 yards out found the back of the net on an apparent deflection. The goal was waved off, however, as the head referee called a foul on a Hope forward for pushing Calvin keeper Jared Rushlau out of the way.
The Knights then held possession for the majority of the time remaining, preventing any strong scoring opportunities for Hope and earning a tough 1-0 win.
“First five minutes we came out real strong, we moved the ball real well and our passes were going right where we wanted to,” said Vegter. “I had a good first touch right to goal and it was just me and the goalie at that point. It’s not about power. I was so close, (the keeper) wasn’t going to get down fast enough, all you have to do is place it at that point.”
Calvin now moves to 3-1 in conference and 5-3 overall while dropping the Flying Dutchmen to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in the MIAA.
“Any time you can go on the road and win in the MIAA is huge,” said first-year head coach Ryan Souders. “To do it at Van Andel, against a very heated rival, it’s that much bigger. I’m very proud of our guys, I think we still have some stuff to work on, but I thought we played well, we gritted it out, and we leave with three points.”
The Knights now look forward to Saturday when they will travel to Kalamazoo College to face the Hornets. The Hornets, also 3-1 in conference, are tied with Calvin for second in the MIAA while Olivet sits in first at 4-0. The game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.