2014 NCAA III MEN'S SOCCER REGIONAL AT CALVIN COLLEGE -
NOV. 14 & 15
The Calvin men’s soccer team heads into NCAA III Tournament play for the ninth time in 11 years. The Knights bring an overall record of 18-2-1 into the national tournament. Calvin claimed the regular season championship of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association with a 14-0-0 league mark, becoming the first team in conference history to finish with a 14-0-0 record.
The Knights captured their second MIAA Tournament title in three years last week, defeating Alma 2-0 in the semifinals and then winning a penalty kick shootout against Kalamazoo in the title tilt after the game ended in a 1-1 double-overtime tie.
Calvin is under the direction of third-year head coach Ryan Souder who has produced an overall won-loss record of 48-11-3 at the helm of the Knights.
This week, Calvin placed six players on the All-MIAA first team and two on the second team. Named to the All-MIAA first team from were seniors Sean Broekhuizen and Travis Vegter; juniors Taylor Pruis, Nick Groenewold and Niko Giantsopoulos and sophomore Stephan Hooker. Named to the All-MIAA second team from Calvin were senior Reed Bowden and sophomore Isky Van Doorne. Sophomore Mitch Starks was named the MIAA Newcomer of the Year while Vegter was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player for the second straight year.
Vegter lead Calvin in scoring with 23 goals, 10 assists and 56 points. He has 67 goals in his collegiate career and was a first team Division III All-American last year. Hooker is second on the Calvin team in scoring with 11 goals, three assists and 25 points while Broekhuizen and Pruis have seven goals apiece.
Giantsopoulos has been stellar for Calvin in goal, recording a 0.54 goals-against-average with 11 shutout victories. The Calvin defense as a whole has produced 13 shutout victories this fall.
OHIO WESLEYAN (15-4-2)
The Ohio Wesleyan University men’s soccer team enters NCAA Division III tournament play after an outstanding 14-3-2 regular season.
Ohio Wesleyan won the North Coast Athletic Conference championship with a record of 8-0-1, the Bishops’ seventh consecutive NCAC championship and 10th in the last 11 years, a span in which Ohio Wesleyan has compiled an 87-4-7 record in conference play. The Bishops moved into the NCAC tournament championship game with a 3-2 win over DePauw, but lost to Kenyon, 2-1, in overtime in the tournament title tilt.
Ohio Wesleyan is making its NCAA-record 37th Division III tournament appearance and its 35th under head coach Jay Martin, the winningest coach in the history of men’s college soccer. The Battling Bishops won their second NCAA Division III national championship in 2011, defeating Calvin, 2-1, in the title game.
Senior forward Colton Bloecher, who started for Ohio Wesleyan in that 2011 national championship game, has sparked the Bishop offense again this season. Bloecher, an All-America and Academic All-America® selection in 2013, leads the NCAC in scoring with 34 points on a league-leading 15 goals – including 6 game-winners -- and 4 assists.
Junior midfielder Brian Schaefer ranks fourth in the NCAC with 25 points on 10 goals and 5 assists. Sophomore forward Kyle Baum had game-winning goals in the Bishops’ final 2 NCAC contests, and junior midfielder Lonnie Barnes has had an impressive season.
Senior Drew Pang and junior Evan Lee have anchored the Bishop
defense from the center back positions, and senior goalkeeper Colin
Beemiller has compiled 7 shutouts .
OHIO WESLEYAN STATISTICS
PENN STATE-BEHREND (18-3-0)
The Lions of Penn State-Behrend have put together another outstanding campaign. Penn State-Behrend is making its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA III Tournament including the fifth time program history.
The Lions captured the regular season and post-season championships of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference this fall.
Behrend’s offense has been dynamic all year is led by senior Jimmy Belack and sophomore Anthony Crivelli. Belack leads Behrend in scoring 48 points on the strength of 17 goals and 14 assists. Crivelli who scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Medaille in the AMCC Championship game had 15 goals, seven assists and 37 points.
On defense the Lions have allowed just 13 goals all year thanks part to the stellar play this fall by defender Mike Worthy, Evan Augustine and Kevin Vock. Goalkeeper Jarrod Wassell has been a brick wall in the net, posting a 15-3 record with nine shutouts. Wassell has 34 saves and boasts a 0.56 goals-against-average.
When the recent AMCC All-Conference teams were announced, seven Lions were so honored. Belack earned Conference Player of the Year honors while Wassell was the AMCC Defensive Player of the Year.
Joining Belack and Wassell on the All-AMCC first team were Christian Harrington and Worthy. Crivelli and Augustine were named to the second team while Sam McSherry was named to the third team.
Behrend is under the direction of head coach Dan Perritano who is in his 22nd year as the head coach of the Lions. In his 22 years, he has won 270 games as head coach, making him the winningest coach in the history of the Behrend men’s soccer program.
PENN STATE-BEHREND STATISTICS
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology returns to the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament for the fourth time in school history and for the second consecutive year after relying on one of the nation’s top defenses this season.
Rose-Hulman stands 14-4-3 overall and has a school record tying 13 shutouts. Senior goalkeeper Drew Miller leads all NCAA Division III active netminders with 35 career shutouts and ranks in the NCAA Division III top 20 this season in goals against average (0.50) and save percentage (.866). Miller enters the NCAA Tournament with school records of 49 career wins and 35 shutouts. Senior Andrew Bartush provides significant support and was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player last weekend for anchoring the back line in a pair of tournament shutout wins.
Offensively, sophomore Ben Lyon leads Rose-Hulman with eight goals and 16 points. Junior Dieter Schultz has a team-high six assists and 10 points, while freshman Austin Webb has added four goals and 10 points. The Fightin’ Engineers have outscored the opposition 26-11 this season.
Rose-Hulman has won five straight games entering the NCAA Tournament, highlighted by Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Transylvania University. Head coach Sean Helliwell was named HCAC Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his seven years at Rose-Hulman for his efforts this season, which included setting a new school record with 88 career men’s soccer victories.
The Fightin’ Engineers also hope to duplicate their success from the 2013 NCAA Tournament this weekend. Rose-Hulman advanced to the NCAA Division III Round of 16 with a penalty kick win over Penn State Behrend and a 1-0 win at then No. 1 ranked Ohio Wesleyan. The march marked Rose-Hulman’s first NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament wins in program history.