Men’s Soccer Wins Penalty Kick Shootout With Redlands - Will face Texas-Tyler in National Quarters
Saturday, November 19, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
REDLANDS, CA - After a 5-3 shootout victory against host Redlands University, the Knights advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.
Sophomore Zach Willis continued his regular season goal-scoring frenzy with an astoundingly early strike just 24 seconds into the game. Willis took advantage of an ill-advised pass in the Bulldog back line to put the Knights on the board first.
The early goal hardly tampered Calvin’s offensive aspirations. The Knights matched the Bulldogs with six total first half shots.
But Redlands equalized early in the second half. Nick Eary capitalized on penalty kick to tie the match at one. The rest of the half featured no goals, but significant chances for both squads. Calvin edged the Bulldogs with a ten to eight advantage in shots and a 6 to 2 advantage in the corner kick category. The match entered overtime a 1-1 draw.
Though the Knights were held scoreless in overtime, they dictated the pace of play and generated numerous opportunities. Senior Brad Heethuis had three shots on target in the match, including his efforts in the overtime period. Keeper Michael Dolan ended the second overtime period with six saves in the game.
The 1-1 tie carried into penalty kicks, where each team scored on their first three opportunities. But it was the goalkeeper who made the difference. Sophomore Mirza Haramasic was inserted as the Knights’ goalkeeper during the shootout. Chris Nance, Tyler Vegter, and Brad Heethuis scored the first three penalty kick goals for the Knights, who shot first. Joe Broekhuizen finished the fourth goal for Calvin, and Harambasic made a diving save to his left to give Calvin the upper hand. Junior Nick Holtrop then buried a shot to clinch the game for the Knights.
“I thought we deserved the win. We had some good offensive pushes and were able to take it in PK’s,” said Coach Chris Hughes.
“Mirza does a fantastic job of reading the shot,” Hughes continued. “He made that one save that we needed. It was a huge boost of confidence for our team.”
Calvin has now won its last five shootout matches in NCAA tournament play. The win advances the Knights to the Elite Eight for the third consecutive year.