Men’s soccer passes Hope in MIAA rankings with wins over Adrian and Olivet

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The Knights fought to stay atop the MIAA the past week as they hosted Adrian and Olivet. The Knights outscored their opponents 8-3 en route to earning the full six points, putting them three points ahead of second place Hope in the MIAA table.

Midway through the week, the Knights went into the day tied for first with Hope. They came out as leaders of the conference after putting away five goals in the span of 30 minutes while only conceding one. The Knights attempted nine shots before putting one in the back of the net in the 38th minute.

Taylor Pruis headed a cross from Ben Honeycutt towards the center of the box and Travis Vegter finished it with a good touch as he came sliding in. On a corner three minutes later, Matthew Koster sent the ball in to Pruis who put the ball in the net. The Knights continued their scoring streak as Adrien Mary put one away just 30 seconds before the end of the half.

The Knights kept their foot on the gas pedal as Vegter assisted Stephan Hooker and later scored his second goal — both within the first 20 minutes of the second half. The Bulldogs of Adrian pulled one back in the 68th minute, but the Knights were able to hold strong for a 5-1 victory.

On Saturday, the Olivet Comets came to town tied with Hope for second, just three points behind the Knights. The Comets forced the Knights into overtime, but a hat trick from Vegter earned the Knights three full points.

The first goal of the game was scored by Olivet as a strike from the top of the box found its way to the back of the net. Vegter leveled the game with a volley just six minutes later after great team passing from Pruis and Zach Willis. The first half ended with a tie.

Vegter scored a second goal off of a free kick from Nick Groenewold, putting the Knights ahead in the 64th minute, but the Comets were able to respond 10 minutes before the end of regulation. The Knights came out on the attack in overtime, and Vegter was able to put away a lead pass from Willis for the winning goal just two minutes into overtime.

The Knights have three more games before tournament play begins, the last of which is a home game on Nov. 5 against Albion.