Sep 09, 2017
OBERLIN, Oh. - A dramatic final five minutes fueled the Calvin men's soccer team to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Oberlin College Saturday night at Shults Field.
Calvin scored two goals just over a minute apart inside the final five minutes to snatch the win away from the host Yeomen.
Junior Jacob Witte (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) tied the game 2-2 with 4:24 left in regulation, heading in a corner kick taken by sophomore teammate Hunter Olson (Canton, Mich./Canton HS).
Just 1:07 later, junior Trent Vegter (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) launched a long throwin into the box that senior Francisco Jay Noyola (East Lansing, Mich./Lansing Christian HS) headed over Oberlin keeper Connor English's head and just under the bar, giving the Knights a stunning 3-2 lead.
Calvin (4-0-0) stunned Oberlin (3-1-0) early as Witte gathered in a cross from junior Bobby McCaw (Dubuque, Ia./Hempstead HS) and whipped in a goal just 36 seconds into the game, giving the Knights a 1-0 lead.
Oberlin countered with an equalizer in the 12th minute on a goal by Brian James. Both teams traded scoring chances the rest of the half but the game remained level 1-1 at the break.
The Yeoman pressed early in the second half and were rewarded with a penalty kick in the 53rd minute. Oberlin made good on the chance with Matthew Bach-Lombardo successfully converting the spot kick to put the Yeoman on top 2-1.
The Knights then began to push for their own equalizer but were thwarted until the final five minutes when Olson was able to bend in a corner kick that found the head of Witte. Olson and Witte have now combined for five goals on the young season.
The game-winning goal by Noyola was his first of the season and the fourth of his career.
"It was not the prettiest performance but we'll certainly take the result," said Calvin men's soccer coach Ryan Souders. "I am really really proud of every single guy and their contributions tonight. Everyone was bought in. That is a really strong and very well-coached Oberlin team. They were well prepared and took us out of what we wanted to do for quite awhile. To the credit of our guys, they fought and clawed and found a way. Now we turn towards the MIAA and there are no easy games there."
Calvin finished with a 20-10 shots at goal advantage in its win over Oberlin. Senior Nate Van Ryn (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) came up with four saves for the Knights. Connor English had six saves for Oberlin. An Oberlin defender also cleared a Calvin shot off the line for a team save.
Calvin returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Trine University for its conference opener. Wednesday's game at Trine is scheduled to kick at 4 p.m.