CLEVELAND, Oh. - Calvin advanced to the national quarterfinals with a 4-1 victory over Penn State-Behrend Friday night on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.
After a scoreless first half, the offense for both teams came to life in the second half.
Calvin junior Hunter Olson (Canton, Mich./Canton HS) broke the scoreless deadlock just 2:55 into the second half as he ripped a shot from the top of the 18 that deflected off a defender and into the net, giving the Knights a 1-0 lead.
Penn State-Behrend pressed for the equalizer and found gold in the 62nd minute as Aaron Harris broke in on net through the left side of the box after a chip over the Calvin backline by Nick McKee. Harris made no mistake as he lashed a shot inside the near post and just under the crossbar.
Penn State-Behrend (16-4-2) nearly took the lead in the 71st minute as Logan Brinsky whipped a shot from the left side of the box that just whizzed wide of the far post. Off the goal-kick, Calvin moved the ball up field with senior Jacob Witte (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) sliding a pass to junior Dillon Weldy (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS). Weldy took the pass and belted in his eighth goal of the season to put the Knights up 2-1. Keeping the pressure on, Calvin scored a goal less than two minutes later as senior Lucas Albrecht (Plymouth, Mich./Plymouth Christian HS) sailed a left-footed shot off a rebound in the box into the back of the net. The goal was Albrecht's 10th of the season. Sophomore Shaeffer Smith (Columbus, Oh./Worthington Christian HS) provided the clinching goal, scoring against the run of play with a long chip over the goalkeeper in the 79th minute of play.
"It was a great win," said Calvin men's soccer coach Ryan Souders. "Penn State-Behrend made things very difficult for us. A credit to them but also a credit to our guys for sticking with it and finding a way to win."
Calvin finished with a 21-9 shots at goal advantage including 14-4 in the second half. The Knights had 10 corner kicks while Penn State-Behrend had none. Sophomore Chris Morrish (Bradenton, Fla./St. Stephen's Episcopal School) had three saves in goal for the Knights.
Calvin (20-1-0) will now prepare to face host Case Western Reserve in a national quarterfinal match Saturday at 7 p.m. Case Western Reserve advanced out of the first sectional semifinal match Friday, winning a penalty kick shootout with Kenyon after the game finished in a 2-2 double-overtime tie.