Sep 24, 2017
ALMA, Mich. - Calvin beat the heat and in the process beat the Alma Scots 5-0 Saturday afternoon at Scotland Yard.
Playing in 95' temperatures, second-ranked Calvin (8-0-0 overall, 4-0-0 MIAA) heated up its offense as the Knights scored three times in the first half and added two goals in the second half.
Sophomore Hunter Olson (Canton, Mich./Canton HS) put Calvin on the board just 6:49 into the match, scoring off an assist from senior Mitch Stark (South Lyon, Mich./South Lyon HS).
Junior Bobby McCaw (Dubuque, Ia./Hempstead HS) scored his seventh goal of the year with a shot in the 23rd minute.
Olson then fed junior Trent Vegter (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) for a goal in the 29th minute. The goal was the first of the season for Vegter.
Olson then notched a brace with his second goal, scoring in the 62nd minute unassisted. Junior Jacob Witte (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) closed out the scoring by whipping in a shot in the 68th minute. The goal was the fifth of the season for Witte.
"It was a great team win," said Calvin men's soccer coach Ryan Souders. "We were really happy with our ability to get on the ball and create chances early. I am also very pleased with our team work rate on such a hot day. A credit to every guy on the team today. It was a massive team result and a very important three points on the road."
Calvin finished Saturday's match with a 26-6 shots at goal advantage. Senior Nate Van Ryn (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) picked up two saves in collecting his sixth shutout victory of the season.
Calvin returns to action next Wednesday when it hosts Kalamazoo at 7 p.m. at Zuidema Field.