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Nine Calvin Men’s Soccer Players Receive All-MIAA Honors

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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The 2010 All-MIAA men’s soccer teams have been announced and several Calvin players have been so honored. Named to the All-MIAA first team from Calvin are senior midfielders Scott Hooker and Dan Kmetz and junior defensive backs Justin Ahearne and Miles Colago. Named to the All-MIAA second team from Calvin are senior goalkeeper Ryan Bratt, senior defensive back Lucas Wilgenburg, junior forward Brad Heethuis, junior midfielder Tyler Vegter and sophomore defensive back Dan Nederhoed.

A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Unity Christian High School, Hooker is making his third appearance on the All-MIAA team. In conference play this year, Hooker finished eighth in the MIAA in points (9) with three goals and three assists. Two of his three goals were game-winners including a tally off a free kick in the final three minutes of a late-season 1-0 win at Olivet. Hooker was also named MIAA Offensive Player of the Week once during the year.

A native of Strongsville, Ohio, Kmetz is making his second straight appearance on the All-MIAA first team. A graduate of Strongsville High School, Kmetz tallied four assists in league play including three assists in a 7-0 win over Albion on October 9.

A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Hudsonville High School, Ahearne was part of a Calvin defense that allowed only seven goals in 14 league games. He also provided offensive punch, scoring five goals in league play including a hat trick performance against Albion on October 9. Ahearne was named MIAA Offensive Player of the Week once during the year.

Colago is from Anoka, Minnesota. He is a graduate of Anoka High School. In addition to contributing to Calvin’s staunch defensive unit, he also collected two goals and one assist during the conference season.

A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, Bratt was the backbone of Calvin’s defensive unit this fall. A graduate of Washington Christian Academy, Bratt led the MIAA in shutouts (8), goals-against-average (0.50), save percentage (.865) and was sixth in saves (45).

A native of Visalia, California, Wilgenburg is making his third straight appearance on the All-MIAA second team. A graduate of Central Valley Christian Hig School, Wilgenburg was a key member of Calvin’s defensive unit while also scoring a goal in Calvin’s 1-1 tie at Trine on October 12. Wilgenburg was also named MIAA Defensive Player of the Week once during the year.

Heethuis is from Jenison and is a graduate of Unity Christian High School. He tallied two goals and one assist in league play while providing key possession qualities in Calvin’s centerfield attack.

Vegter is from Hudsonville and is a graduate of Unity Christian High School. Vegter tallied five goals in league play including game-winners in victories over Kalamazoo and Trine during the second half of the conference season.

Nederhoed is from Kentwood and is a graduate of East Kentwood High School. He is making his second straight appearance on the All-MIAA second team. He was another key member of a Calvin defensive unit that posted a league-leading nine shutouts in conference play this fall.

Calvin is currently 15-2-3 overall and finished 9-2-3 in league play, allowing the Knights to capture a share of their fourth consecutive MIAA title. Calvin will open NCAA III Tournament play on Friday, hosting a first round game against Ohio Northern (17-4-1).

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