(Photo by Albion Sports Information Director Bobby Lee)
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Calvin clinched its spot in the MIAA Tournament Championship game with a 5-1 victory over Albion Wednesday night at a snowy Eagles Stadium on the campus of Grand Rapids Christian High School.
The Knights are headed to the MIAA Championship game and will host Hope at Zuidema Field on Saturday.
Calvin (19-1-0) got its scoring started in the 12th minute with senior Hunter Olson (Canton, Mich./Canton HS) receiving a cross from freshman Justin Wojcik (Canton, MI/Plymouth) and found the back of the net to give Calvin a 1 – 0 lead.
Albion (7-10-2) answered quickly with a goal of its own in the 18th minute, tying the game up 1 – 1.
The Knights were able to add to their lead with a strike from Quinn Loosle (Canton, MI / Canton) just outside of the box to put Calvin up 3-1 in the 42nd minute.
Sophomore Sam Twigg (Auckland, New Zealand / New Zealand HS) got into the scoring action with a header from a corner kick by senior Dillon Weldy (Grand Rapids, MI / Grand Rapids Christian). Calvin kept adding to its lead with Hunter Olson's second goal of the match on a cross from Quinn Loosle.
Wednesday's match was part of a soccer tournament doubleheader as the Cornerstone women's soccer program played Lawrence Tech in an WHAC Tournament contest prior to the Calvin-Albion match.
COACHES COMMENT: "Huge thanks to so many people for making tonight happen," said Calvin men's soccer coach Ryan Souders. "Thanks to our staff for their willingness to move, women's lacrosse for their on-field help, Grand Rapids Christian for hosting and to Cornerstone for its flexibility with the facility as well. Great result for our team. In less than ideal conditions, our guys got the job done. Some really good ball moment tonight and some great goals. We're excited to be moving on to Saturday's final."
NEXT UP: Calvin will host Hope College in the MIAA Championship game on Saturday at 4:30pm at Zuidema Field.