Calvin Men's Soccer Wrangles Past Wisconsin-Whitewater in First Round NCAA III Tournament Match

Calvin Men's Soccer Wrangles Past Wisconsin-Whitewater in First Round NCAA III Tournament Match

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Calvin advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 1–0 win over the Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks Friday afternoon at Zuidema Field.

The match started out with both teams getting good chances in the first ten minutes. Wisconsin-Whitewater (15-5-2 overall) had some long throw-in chances while Calvin (20-1-1) had some chances in the box. The Knights kept the pressure up with good shot attempts, but the Warhawks' keeper Jacob King made several great saves to keep them in the game.

Calvin outshot the Warhawks 15–3 in the first half with 8 corner kicks to 0 for Wisconsin-Whitewater. The first half finished with a 0-0 score.

The second half started off with the same back-and-forth throughout the first 15 minutes. Calvin kept keeping the pressure with corners from senior Dillon Weldy (Grand Rapids, MI / Grand Rapids Christian). Wisconsin-Whitewater stuck with the Knights in a close half until its one mistake.

Senior Hunter Olson (Canton, MI / Canton) had a sideline throw in close to the corner where it went off a head of a defender and found the back of the net. Calvin held off the attacks from Wisconsin-Whitewater down the stretch to take the 1 – 0 win.

Junior Chris Morrish (Brandenton, FL / Saint Stephen's Episcopal School) had a great game for the Knights with three saves to get the shutout. The Knights out shot the Warhawks 24 – 5.

COACHES COMMENTS: "All your tournament clichés play into effect such as survive and advance, find a way to win, gut and make it happen," said Calvin men's soccer head coach Ryan Souders. "It wasn't always pretty today, but our guys found a way. We moved the ball well, created chances and found a way to win. Credit to Whitewater, they made it difficult for us and their keeper made some great saves. Happy to be playing tomorrow."

UP NEXT: Calvin will face St. Norbert in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 3 p.m. Due to field conditions at Zuidema Field upon completion of day one, Calvin will face St. Norbert at Grand Rapids Christian High School's Eagle Stadium at 3 p.m. The stadium is located at 2300 Plymouth Road, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 49506

The match started out with both teams getting good chances in the first ten minutes. Wisconsin-Whitewater (15-5-2 overall) had some long throw-in chances while Calvin (20-1-1) had some chances in the box. The Knights kept the pressure up with good shot attempts, but the Warhawks' keeper Jacob King made several great saves to keep them in the game.

Calvin outshot the Warhawks 15–3 in the first half with 8 corner kicks to 0 for Wisconsin-Whitewater. The first half finished with a 0-0 score.

The second half started off with the same back-and-forth throughout the first 15 minutes. Calvin kept keeping the pressure with corners from senior Dillon Weldy (Grand Rapids, MI / Grand Rapids Christian). Wisconsin-Whitewater stuck with the Knights in a close half until its one mistake.

Senior Hunter Olson (Canton, MI / Canton) had a sideline throw in close to the corner where it went off a head of a defender and found the back of the net. Calvin held off the attacks from Wisconsin-Whitewater down the stretch to take the 1 – 0 win.

Junior Chris Morris (Brandenton, FL / Saint Stephen's Episcopal School) had a great game for the Knights with three saves to get the shutout. The Knights out shot the Warhawks 24 – 5.

COACHES COMMENTS: "All your tournament clichés play into effect such as survive and advance, find a way to win, gut and make it happen," said Calvin men's soccer head coach Ryan Souders. "It wasn't always pretty today, but our guys found a way. We moved the ball well, created chances and found a way to win. Credit to Whitewater, they made it difficult for us and their keeper made some great saves. Happy to be playing tomorrow."

UP NEXT: Calvin will face St. Norbert in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 3 p.m. Due to field conditions at Zuidema Field upon completion of day one, Calvin will face St. Norbert at Grand Rapids Christian High School's Eagle Stadium at 3 p.m. The stadium is located at 2300 Plymouth Road, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 49506