Van Sickel Providing Punch Off The Bench For Calvin Men’s Soccer Team
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
By Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice
Calvin junior Kurt Van Sickel, a native of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, has emerged as the go-to guy for the Knights as of late, scoring five goals in his last three games. His most recent score, a brilliant strike that found the net against Alma College on Wednesday, was the best of his soccer career thus far.
This past weekend, Van Sickel was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Week in the MIAA, scoring four goals in two games against Otterbein and Wittenburg. In those two games the Knights recorded eleven total goals without letting either opponent score. Van Sickel had two in each game.
Wednesday, the Knights hosted Alma in what would be the first MIAA Conference game for both teams. The match would ultimately end in a 1-0 battle, and that vital first-half goal came from the foot of none other than Van Sickel. It came from about 30 or 40 yards out, a left-footed laser that ended up going top-shelf. Van Sickel talked after the game about how he struck the ball and what his reaction was.
“I hit it with the outside of my left foot, after the ball came off of a rebound. It was the best goal I’ve ever scored in my life and the most important goal, as it wasn’t 3-0 at the time.”
“It felt really good coming into halftime up 1-0 in our first conference game.”
Van Sickel jogged nonchalantly back to midfield after the goal all the while being mobbed by teammates. Van Sickel also talked a bit about how as a bench player, he is just always ready to contribute to whatever situation is at hand.
“Everything is just falling into place right now, I come out and play every game and the opportunities have come up and I’ve put them away. Keeping ready all game and watching the game is big, you have to keep your head in it.”
Van Sickel also mentioned that some teammates joked at halftime that he put his arms up in celebration before the goal even went in.
“The guys were telling me at halftime that before it was even in the net, I started putting my arms up, but I don’t really remember that.”
Even if Van Sickel jumped the gun on the celebration, it was the goal of his career, and he has every right to be proud of what he has accomplished over the past week. Calvin returns to action at the end of September with a trio of away games before returning home to host Kalamazoo on October 7th.