Calvin spoils Rock Bowl party
Sun, Nov. 13, 2011 - [Men's Soccer]

Calvin 4, Loras 0

 

The 2011 Loras College men's soccer season came to a difficult end in the Rock Bowl on Saturday night as the visiting Calvin College Knights scored four times on the Duhawks to advance to the Sweet 16.

 

After a few shots in each direction over the first 25 minutes, Calvin opened the scoring in the 27thminute. A 30-yard free kick off the foot of Lawrence Murray was quickly redirected by Sean Broekhuizen's head to put the Knights in front. The goal was Broekhuizen's first of the season.

 

One of Loras' best chances followed just three minutes later when Kevin Cavers pulled the trigger from long distance and the short hop was bobbled by goalkeeper Michael Dolan. Dolan propelled himself towards the on-rushing Johnny Rummelhart of Loras and made himself big enough to force the freshman's shot over the crossbar.

 

In the 36thminute, the Knights doubled their lead on a turnover by the Duhawks.

 

Ben Honeycutt combined with Travis Vegter to make it 2-0. The goal was Vegter's second of 2011.

 

Alejandro Cosmopolis forced Dolan into one more save before halftime with the visitors in front, 2-0.

 

Loras pushed players forward to the tune of four shots in the first 15 minutes - but Dolan wasn't forced to make any saves as the Duhawks' initial rush to cut the lead in half resulted in blocked shots and chances that missed the Calvin goal.

 

In the 76thminute, the Knights turned to leading goal scorer Zach Willis to seal the victory. Willis' long distance effort made it 3-0, and then with all 11 Loras players on the attack in the 78thminute for a corner kick, goalkeeper Michael Dolan sprang Willis on a punt that setup the forward in stride to outrun the Duhawks and close the scoring at 4-0.

 

Calvin advances to play the winner of Redlands and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

 

Dolan made five saves to Nate Dubois' two on the night.  

 

Cavers and Donald St. George led the Duhawks with three shots, and Kyle Quillin came off the bench to force Dolan into two of his saves – including one on a header.

 

The loss ends the Duhawks' season at 17-3-3 and stopped the Duhawks' 20 game home unbeaten streak.  It also brought an abrupt end to the careers of DuBois, St. George, Quillin, Colin Pekovitch, Camilo Garces, Chris Comstock, and Dan Miller. The 2011 seniors won 73 games over their careers and qualified for the NCAA tournament each season.