Calvin Men's Soccer Defeats Carnegie Mellon 1-0 - Punches Ticket to NCAA III Tournament Sectional Round

Calvin Men's Soccer Defeats Carnegie Mellon 1-0 - Punches Ticket to NCAA III Tournament Sectional Round

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - For the second consecutive year, the Calvin men's soccer team is headed to the NCAA III Tournament Round of 16. The Knights (20-2-0) punched their ticket to the Round of 16 with a 1-0 second round tournament victory over host Carnegie Mellon Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Bobby McCaw (Dubuque, Ia./Hempstead HS) scored his sixth goal in the last four games and junior goalkeeper Nate Van Ryn (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) came up with a number of superb saves to lead the Knights to the win.

McCaw scored the game's only goal early in the second half. The scoring play began with a corner kick by sophomore Jacob Witte (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) that was sent into the six-yard box. McCaw got the initial touch on the ball, heading it to sophomore teammate Trent Vegter (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS). Vegter headed the ball back to McCaw who then sent a header of his own to the far side of the goal with the ball tucking just inside the post for his team-leading 14th goal of the season.

Carnegie Mellon (13-4-2) was not without its share of quality scoring chances. In the first half, Carnegie Mellon strikerer Zack Masciopinto sent a one-timer from the top of the 18-yard box that was pawed away by Van Ryn. In the 37th minute, Carnegie Mellon's Devin Keane sent a smashing shot from 25 yards out along the right win that Van Ryn deflected and then pounced on after the ball bounced once along the ground.

In the second half, Carnegie Mellon nearly equalized as Jimmy Jameson ripped a shot that Van Ryn got a piece of with the deflection hitting the crossbar and bouncing away.
Carnegie Mellon's final shot attempt came in the 74th minute as Masciopinto headed a shot that was saved by Van Ryn.

Carngie Mellon finished the game with a 9-8 shots at goal advantage but the Knights were able to gain victory for the second time in three attempts against the Tartans in NCAA III Tournament play. Calvin had previously defeated Carnegie Mellon 2-1 in the third round of the 2009 tournament and fallen to the Tartars 3-0 in the first round of the 2008 tournament.

"What a result from this group," said Calvin men's soccer coach Ryan Souders after the match. "I am super proud of each and every young man on this team. It wasn't always pretty but we were are so happy to be be dancing in the tournament. What a job by our back (defensive) four today, Nate Van Ryn in particular. They stoo firm against an incredibly strong Carnegie Mellon side."
Van Ryn finished the match with five saves in posting his 12th shutout victory of the year.

With the win, Calvin also hits the 20-win plateau for the second straight year. Souders is now 6-2-2 in NCAA III Tournament play as Calvin's head coach. The Knights as a program are now 18-13-8 all-time in NCAA III Tournament play. Calvin will be competing in the NCAA III Tournament's Round of 16 for the seventh time in program history.

Calvin will face the winner of a four-team regional currently being hosted by Messiah College (Pa.) that is scheduled to conclude on Sunday. In addition to Messiah, the regional includes teams from Centenary College (N.YJ.), Montclair State (N.J.) and Christopher Newport (Va.).