Men's Soccer Topped by Calvin In MIAA Tournament Semifinals

The Hope College men's soccer team will wait until next week to see if it receives one of 19 at-large berths to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Flying Dutchmen lost to nationally ranked Calvin College 5-0 on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament.

Hope entered this week third in the Central Region rankings by the NCAA. The third of our regional rankings will be released on Wednesday, October 31 but will not include results from this week.

The final regional rankings are released on Monday, November 5, in conjunction with the NCAA announcement of the 62-team field for the Division III Tournament.

The Flying Dutchmen now own a 14-3-1 overall record that includes two losses to Calvin (16-1 overall).

Against third-ranked Calvin, Hope was outshot by a 24-6 margin. Goalie Blair McCormick of Wadsworth, Illinois (Warren Township HS) made three saves.

The Knights took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half on Bobby McCaw's 17th goal of the season.

Calvin erupted for four goals after halftime, beginning with Hunter Olson's 11th goal of the season 6 minutes, 25 seconds into the second half.

"I think we hung in well there in the first half. I did not think there was any reason for that not to happen," head coach Dave Brandt said. "I was disappointed in the second goal we gave up. You cannot give up a soft goal to a team that good. (Calvin is) fantastic. They certainly earned the victory. But if you give them that goal early in the second half, you are setting yourself up for a long half."

Calvin will host Adrian in Saturday's championship match. Adrian defeated Trine on penalty kicks in Tuesday's other semifinal.

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