Calvin Men's Soccer Claims 3-0 Rivalry Win Over Hope

Calvin Men's Soccer Claims 3-0 Rivalry Win Over Hope

HOLLAND, Mich. - The ninth-ranked Calvin men's soccer team used a rivalry win at Hope Saturday night to catapult into sole possession of first place in the MIAA standings.

Calvin handed Hope a 3-0 defeat and with it, remained unbeaten in league play at 2-0-0, giving the Knights six points in the league standings, two points ahead of second place Alma and Olivet.

Calvin (5-1-0 overall), grabbed the early momentum with first half goals by seniors Isky Van Doorne and Jay Noyola to take a 2-0 lead. Van Doorne scored on a bending shot from the top center of the box that curled just inside the right goalpost in the 21st minute of play. Five minutes later, senior Jay Noyola was able to head in a corner kick served in by junior Matt Hinds, giving the Knights a two-goal advantage.

Hope (2-5-0 overall, 0-2-0 MIAA) nearly sliced the deficit in half in the 29th minute as Christian Dault sent a shot to the far post that Calvin goalkeeper Nate VanRyn was able to parry away.

Hope had three successive corner kicks early in the second half and had a shot by junior David White fly over the bar as part of the flurry.

Calvin was able to seal the win however as junior Mitch Stark curled a shot from the left side of the box just inside the far post to give the Knights a 3-0 advantage with just under 20 minutes remaining.

Senior Alex Lindsey of Hope hit the Calvin crossbar in the 78th minute but could not find the back of the net as the Knights claimed their sixth consecutive win over the Flying Dutchmen.

"Hope is a significantly improved team. A very good team and a team that we will see again later this year," said Calvin men's soccer coach Ryan Souders. "To our credit, I thought our guys were able to bridle the energy of a rivalry game and get two first half goals. It gave our team confidence and it felt good going into halftime with a two-goal lead. Anytime you can go on the road and get a conference win it's huge. We know we have a lot of work in front of us but this is a nice win for our team."

Calvin finished the game with a 13-9 shots at goal advantage. VanRyn had four saves for Calvin to pick up the clean sheet in goal for the Knights while freshman Blair McCormick had three saves for Hope in goal.
Saturday's game featured the 101st meeting between the two rivals in men's soccer. Calvin leads the all-time series 56-34-11.

Calvin returns to action next Wednesday when it hosts Kalamazoo at 4 p.m. Hope will host Trine Wednesday night at 7 p.m.