Men’s Soccer Players Receive All-MIAA Honors
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Seven members of the MIAA champion Calvin men’s soccer team have received All-MIAA honors including a Calvin record five players on the All-MIAA first team. Named to the All-MIAA first team from Calvin are senior midfielder Nick Capisciolto, junior midfielder A.J. Dufendach, sophomore striker Michael Holwerda, sophomore sweeper back Greg Snapper and freshman striker Scott Hooker.
Named to the All-MIAA second team from Calvin are sophomore stopper back Luke Holtrop and junior goalkeeper Darrin Cline.
A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Unity Christian High School, Capisciolto is receiving All-MIAA first team honors for the second time in his career. Capisciolto has nine goals, six assists and 24 points on the year to rank third on the Calvin team in scoring. Five of his nine goals this fall have been game-winners. In conference play, he finished third in the MIAA scoring race with 21 points, scoring eight goals and netting five assists. During the final week of the regular season, he was named the MIAA Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
Dufendach, Holwerda and Snapper are all receiving All-MIAA first team honors for the first time. Dufendach is from Grand Rapids and is a graduate of Forest Hills Northern High School. A central midfielder, Dufendach was the key to Calvin’s midfield play this year. He has two goals, two assists and six points on the year and was named MIAA Co-Defensive Player of the Week once.
Holwerda is from Grand Rapids and is a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School. Holwerda is tied for the team lead in scoring with 25 points on the strength of nine goals and seven assists. Of his nine goals, four have been game-winners. In conference play, he scored six goals and was credited with six assists to finish fourth in the final MIAA scoring race with 18 points.
A native of Madison, Wisconsin, and a graduate of Madison West High School, Snapper has helped key a Calvin defense that has a season goals-against-average of 0.84. In conference play, Calvin led the MIAA in scoring defense, allowing only nine goals while posting eight shutout victories. During the year, Snapper was named the MIAA co-Defensive Player of the Week once.
A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Unity Christian High School, Hooker is tied with Holwerda for the team lead in scoring with 25 points as he has nine goals and seven assists on the year. In conference play, he tied for second with Capisciolto for goals scored with eight and also finished second in the MIAA scoring race with 23 points. He also received MIAA Offensive Player of the Week honors once during the year.
Like Capisciolto and Hooker, Holtrop is from Hudsonville and is a graduate of Unity Christian High School.
Holtrop was a two-way threat for the Knights during the year, scoring four goals and collecting two assists for a total of 10 points. His goal against Hope on September 27 proved to be the game-winner in a 1-0 Calvin victory and ignited what is currently a 14-game unbeaten streak for the Knights. Holtrop also played a key role in Calvin’s defensive effort this year and was named the MIAA’s Defensive Player of the Week for the final week of the regular season.
Cline meanwhile was the backbone of Calvin’s defensive this year as he stepped into a starter’s role in goal. A native of Grandville and a graduate of Grandville High School, Cline has posted six shutout victories this year and has a won-loss record of 12-3-1 along with a season goals-against-average of 0.58 that ranks 21st in the latest NCAA III statistics. During the year, he was named MIAA Defensive Player of the Week once.