Calvin Men's Soccer Team Opens 2017 With 2-1 Double-Overtime Victory Over Ohio Wesleyan

Calvin Men's Soccer Team Opens 2017 With 2-1 Double-Overtime Victory Over Ohio Wesleyan
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Over the years the Calvin/Ohio Wesleyan men's soccer rivalry has provided several thrilling matches. Friday's matchup in the first round of the Cal Bergsma Memorial Tournament provided more of the same as the second-ranked Knights secured a 2-1 double-overtime victory over the Battling Bishops in the season opener for both teams. 
 
Junior Bobby McCaw (Dubuque, Ia./Hempstead HS) scored the game-winning goal with 9:19 left in the second overtime to lift the Knights to the win. McCaw's goal was set up by a curling cross into the box by senior Matt Hinds (Frankenmuth, Mich./Frankenmuth HS). 
 
The assist was the second of the game for Hinds who earlier set up sophomore Jacob Lyon (Holt, Mich./Lansing Christian HS) for the go-ahead goal with just 8:55 left in regulation. Hinds served a ball to the far post that Lyon was able to redirect with a header to the opposite post to give Calvin a 1-0 lead. 

Ohio Wesleyan stunned the Knights with an equalizer just over three minutes later as sophomore Ryan Roberts combined with Adam Yingling on a short corner. Roberts received a return bass from Yingling on the corner kick playe and lashed a bending shot just inside the far post and cross bar from 20 yards out with 5:22 left on the clock.
 
In the first overtime, Ohio Wesleyan nearly ended the game on a shot in close by David Robinett that flew just over the the bar.
 
Calvin gained possession early in the second overtime and moved the ball up the left wing to Hinds who then created the game-winning play to McCaw.

"It's (the game-winning goal) a product of what we try to do," said Calvin men's soccer coach Ryan Souders.  "It was a great overlapping run by (Matt) Hinds. He served up a great ball and Bobby (McCaw) crashed the box like we tell our guys to do and he finished the play like we know he can do."
 
Although the scoring took place late, the game featured end-to-end action throughout with both teams threatening to score on several occassions.
 
In the 21st minute, Calvin senior Francisco Noyola (Lansing, Mich./Lansing Christian HS) hit the far post with a header off a deflected ball sent into the box. Four minutes later, Calvin sophomore Hunter Olsen (Canton, Mich./Canton HS) broke free through the right side of the box and chipped a shot to the far post that Ohio Wesleyan goalkeeper Michael Heeschen deflected away with a leaping off-balance stab while charging out of the box.
 
Ohio Wesleyan outshot Calvin 6-4 in the first half however and cranked up the pressure early in the second half, forcing Calvin senior goalkeeper Nate Van Ryn (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) three saves in the opening five minutes including a point-blank stop on a shot by Jarrod Ferstl.
 
McCaw nearly scored in the 51st minute as he beat Heeschen with a move through the left side of the box but hit the far post on a shot from a sharp angle that kept the score level. 
 
Calvin finished the game with a 9-4 edge in corner kicks and the go-ahead sequence leading to Lyon's goal was initiated by a corner kick sequence led by Hinds.
 
The Knights finished with a 13-12 shots at goal advantage with Van Ryn and Heeschen posting three saves apiece.
 
The contest marked the second time Calvin has defeated Ohio Wesleyan 2-1 in overtime in the first round of the Cal Bergsma Memorial Tournament as the Knights also defeated the Battling Bishops 2-1 in overtime in 2014 on a goal by Stephan Hooker.
 
Combined, the two teams are now 3-3-1 against each other over their last seven meetings. A year ago, the Battling Bishops edged Calvin 2-1 in Ohio Wesleyan's own Fred Myers Invitational.
 
"I'm relieved. That was a great battle," said Souders. "It's been a one-goal game nearly every time we have played them. We respect Ohio Wesleyan's program immensely. To come away with a win today, especially after giving up a lead late in the game is a real credit to our guys."
 
Calvin will now prepare to face Lake Forest College which fell to Hope 1-0 Friday night in the other first round game of the Cal Bergsma Memorial Tournament. The Foresters are the defending regular season champions of the Midwest Conference. 
 
Souders is hopeful that Friday's win will help push Calvin forward. "Its great to get the train rolling with a win," he said.  "We certainly have to improve but hopefully this energizes us and helps propel us forward. We know that Lake Forest will come here tomorrow with a lot of energy and determination. We will have to bring our top effort and be prepared to match the intensity Lake Forest brings."
 
Saturday's game at Zuidema Field is set to begin at 2:30 p.m.