NORTH PARK, Il. – The Calvin men's soccer team advanced to the National Semifinals of the NCAA III Tournament with a 3-0 victory over Luther College Saturday afternoon on the campus of North Park University.
Calvin started the half with some chances right away in the beginning and got on the board in the 11th minute. A centering pass from the wing by senior Hunter Olson into the center of box was put away by freshman Justin Wojick to put the Knights up 1-0 early in the first half. Luther had a handful of great opportunities including a shot just outside the box that junior Chris Morrish denied with a sliding kick save.
Luther also had a chance on a counter attack in which Morrish came up with another clutch save. The Knights were able to counter shortly after with a breakaway goal. Olson passed it to the back side of the goal where sophomore Sam Twigg punched it in, giving the Knights a 2-0 lead. With just under a minute left in the half, Luther got one more opportunity in the corner off a foul kick, but Morrish had yet another save to keep Calvin up 2-0 headed into halftime.
The second half became a possession battle, but with Calvin having the edge over Luther. The Knights kept the offensive pressure on with strong give-and-go passing. Luther had plenty of chances with foul kicks outside of the box and corner kicks as well, but the back line of the Knights held strong.
Calvin wasn't done scoring though as it came up with its third goal of the match in the 85th minute. Olson had a strike for the goal just inside the box with the assist going to Twigg. Calvin held strong the reminder of the game to win and are now headed to the national semifinals for the sixth time in program history and for the fourth time in the last five years.
COACHES COMMENTS: "This is what you dream of in August and our seniors with their experience pushed us and helped us get here," said Calvin head men's soccer coach Ryan Souders. "A lot of contributors on the team and I am so proud of them and I couldn't be prouder. We gave ourselves a lot of opportunities and we were able to capitalize on them.
UP NEXT: Calvin will play the winner of Tufts and Connecticut College at 7:45 p.m. EST - December 6, in Greensboro, North Carolina.