Second Half Explosion Fuels Men’s Soccer Team in 4-1 Win at Albion
Saturday, October 01, 2011
(written by sports information student assistant Mitch Blankespoor/photo by Bill Sanderson)
ALBION, MI - The Calvin College men’s soccer team came into Albion College looking to get back on the winning track after dropping a 2-0 decision at Trine University Tuesday. On Saturday, Calvin did just that, using four second half goals to down the Britons 4-1.
The first half was rather straight forward. Calvin controlled the majority of possession. Early on, freshmen Travis Vegter broke through the Albion defense and sent a shot just wide. About ten minutes before halftime, Tyler Vegter, the elder brother of Travis, got a foot on a ball eight yards out sending it just over the crossbar. The halftime whistle blew with the scoreboard reading double zeros.
The Knights picked up the pressure right from the opening kickoff. Calvin earned a four-on- two odd man break resulting in a goal from freshmen Dino Duratovic on a feed from Zach Willis. The goal not only broke the tie, but fueled the Knights’ intensity. Only a couple minutes later, with the clock reading 34:03 senior Miles Colago was taken down in the Britons box. This gave junior Chris Nance a penalty kick. Nance faked out Albion senior keeper Brian Greathouse and buried the ball in the back of the net. Calvin was on top 2-0, but was just getting started. Just 14 seconds later, sophomore Zach Willis found the net off of a brilliant through ball from Travis Vegter.
The Britons then got on the board. Junior Jimmy Neiman headed in a ball off of a Briton throw-in.
Calvin was not to be denied, adding an insurance goal from junior Joe Broekhuizen assisted by junior Mike Sanderson.
“It took us a while to figure out where their weaknesses were.” Head coach Chris Hughes said after the match. “We were able to break down Albion’s back line in the second half.”
The Knights outshot the Britons 19-5 in the game. Sophomore Mirza Harambasic earned his first collegiate win at the varsity level, collecting two saves.
Calvin returns to action next Wednesday when it travels to Olivet to face the first place Comets.