Calvin Men's Soccer Downs Ohio Northern 1-0 in First Round NCAA III Tournament Game

Calvin Men's Soccer Downs Ohio Northern 1-0 in First Round NCAA III Tournament Game

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Calvin men's soccer team moved on to the second round of the NCAA III Tournament with a gritty 1-0 first round win over Ohio Northern University Friday afternoon on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University.

Calvin will face Carnegie Mellon in the regional final Saturday at 1 p.m. as Carnegie Mellon defeated Ohio Wesleyan 2-1 in the opening first round game Friday morning.

In its win over Ohio Northern (17-2-4), Calvin's lone goal came off the foot of sophomore Bobby McCaw (Dubuque, Ia./Hempstead HS) in the 31st minute of play on a corner kick play. Junior Matt Hinds (Frankenmuth, Mich./Frankenmuth HS) sent the corner kick into the box and McCaw was able to squeeze through a collision of players to redirect the corner into the back of the net.

The goal was the fifth in the last three games for McCaw who now has a team-leading 13 goals on the season.

Although McCaw's goal proved to be the only scoring action of the afternoon, both teams had significant scoring opportunities later in the match.

Calvin (19-2-0) nearly scored in the closing minutes of the first half as a shot in the box by freshman Hunter Olson (Canton, Mich./Canton HS) was saved by Ohio Northern goalkeeper Dean McNeil.

Six minutes into the second half, Calvin senior Isky Van Doorne (Calgary, AB/Western Canada HS) broke free on goal on a through ball pass. Van Doorne's attempted to chip the ball to the far post but McNeil was able to come off his line and deflect the shot away.

Less than 25 seconds later, McNeil sent a long booming punt that bounced over the Calvin backline and onto the foot of Ohio Northern All-American striker Matt Kinkopf. Kinkopf broke free on net but Calvin junior goalkeeper Nate Van Ryn (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) was equal to the task, coming off his line and stuffing a shot attempt by Kinkopf.

As Ohio Northern continued to press for the equalizer, Calvin began to counter-attack and nearly scored in the 86th minute as McCaw cranked a shot that McNeil was able to save with a leaping stab.

Calvin sealed the win in the final minutes with strong ball possession and punched its ticket to the second round of the NCAA III Tournament in the process.

"This was such a great team win," said Calvin men's soccer coach Ryan Souders. "Every single one of our players was invested and bought in to get this result. Ohio Northern is a tremendous team. They came in averaging just under four goals a game and that was not by accident. They are talented and very well-coached. This game was not always pretty but a win
is a win come tournament time. Now we've got to regroup and get ready to play a very good Carnegie Mellon team tomorrow afternoon."

Calvin finished the game with a 10-6 shots at goal advantage. Van Ryn had three saves in goal for the Knights in posting his 12th shutout victory of the season.

The victory was Calvin's second over Ohio Northern in NCAA III Tournament play as the Knights also defeated the Polar Bears 2-0 in the first round of the 2010 tournament.

Calvin will now prepare to face Carnegie Mellon for the third time in NCAA III Tournament play. Carnegie Mellon defeated Calvin 3-0 in a first round game in 2008 while Calvin edged Carnegie Mellon 2-1 in a third round game in 2009.