D3 Men’s Soccer Notebook: Calvin Knights Surge Ahead
To say Calvin College is on a roll would be an understatement.
The Knights are one of the hottest teams in the country at the moment, having won their last eight games, including a 2-0 victory over Albion on Saturday.
The win was their third consecutive shutout of the streak and the sixth shutout overall during the stretch. Calvin sits atop the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings with a 6-0 record and is 9-2 overall. Not bad for a team that started the season 1-2.
But Calvin hasn’t lost in a month, it’s last loss came on Sept. 5 in a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Wheaton on the road.
Since then, the Knights have been racking up wins behind a defense that has given up only two goals in the last eight games.
Nick Giantsopoulos has been a big key to the success. The junior goalie has allowed only seven goals all season and has come up with four of the team’s shutouts this season. He has tallied 32 saves on the year.
Andrew Claucherty has also seen time in goal, playing in three games. He has come up with five saves and hasn’t allowed a goal.
Calvin’s offense hasn’t been bad either, coming through with 35 goals on the season. Travis Vegter has fueled the offensive attack with 13 goals and five assists.
Luther riding wave of success
Luther is enjoying one of its best seasons in program history at the moment. The Norse is 10-1 overall and 2-1 in Iowa Conference play. The 10 wins in 11 games is the best start for Luther since 2002 when it opened the year with a 12-1 record. That team finished 17-3-1 that season.
Jon Grednalske has paced the offensive attack of the Norse, scoring six goals and dishing out four assists in 11 games. JW Slauson and Lucas Beato have come through with four goals apiece. The Norse has scored 22 goals on the year.
Defensively, Peter Wright and Tommy Breen have been a solid one-two punch in goal, splitting time as the keeper. They have combined to tally 38 saves, including 20 by Breen, and have allowed a combined eight goals. They have also helped Luther keep a team off the scoreboard five times this season.
Loggers log another win
Puget Sound kept pace in the Northwest Conference race as it nailed down a 3-1 win over Whitman on Saturday. The Loggers got goals from three players as they improved to 7-3-1 overall and to 4-1-0 in the conference. They are currently in second place in the league.
The win over Whitman was its second in a row and its seventh win in its last games.
Sean Ryan has been instrumental to the Loggers’ success. He has scored six goals on the year and has also dished out six assists.
Ryan is part of a balanced attack for Puget Sound, which has racked up 32 goals on the season. Oliver Field has also come up with six goals while Landon Gauthier has tallied five goals on the season. Five other players have scored two goals.
The Loggers have only given up 10 goals through 11 games. Nathan King has seen the majority of time in goal for the Loggers, starting eight times. He has allowed seven goals and has come up with 36 saves.