By Mark DeHaan
Eight members of the Calvin men's soccer team were named to the All-MIAA teams on Tuesday afternoon including six to the first team. The total of six first team selections matches the highest single-season total in school history, originally done by Calvin's 1970 squad. The Knights finished first in the conference with an unblemished 14-0 league record, winning both the regular season and conference tournament championships. Senior Travis Vegter was named MIAA MVP while freshman Mitch Stark was recognized as the MIAA Newcomer of the Year.
Sean Broekhuizen – A graduate of South Christian High School and native of Grand Rapids, Broekhuizen is appearing on the All-MIAA First Team for the second straight year. In his senior season, Broekhuizen anchored a Calvin backline that allowed just three goals during MIAA play and 10 goals total. Broekhuizen was also a force on the offensive end, especially on set pieces, scoring seven goals and adding one assist. Broekhuizen was twice named the MIAA Defensive Player of the Week during the season.
Nick Groenewold – A junior from Oak Brook, Illinois, and graduate of Timothy Christian High School, Groenewold paired with Broekhuizen as the Knights' centerback tandem to lead the Calvin defense to 13 total shutouts this year and a goals-against-average of 0.47 for the season. Groenewold is being given All-MIAA honors for the first time in his career.
Taylor Pruis – Pruis is a junior from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and product of Grand Rapids Christian High School. Pruis is being honored on the All-MIAA first team for the second straight year. The speedy winger tallied seven goals and three assists on the season. Interestingly, Pruis scored two goals this season with just one second remaining on the clock, first versus Hope, and also against Olivet. Pruis was recognized as the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week once this season.
All-MIAA Second Team
Reed Bowden – A native of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, senior Reed Bowden is being honored as an All-MIAA performer for the first time in his career. After starting the past two seasons at centerback, Bowden moved to leftback this year and was a threat to push up the field at any time. Bowden started all 21 contests for the Knights this season, tallying six assists, good for third best on the team.
Newcomer of the Year
Mitch Stark – a native of South Lyon, Michigan and graduate of South Lyon High School, freshman Mitch Stark was named MIAA Newcomer of the year. Stark tallied three goals and four assists in starting 16 games and appearing in all 21 for the Knights.