Editor’s note: The game has been moved to Hope College with the game taking place at 5 p.m.
On Friday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m., the men’s soccer team will take on Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, which has a record of 14-4-3. Calvin moved up two spots in the NSCAA coaches’ poll to take number four in the nation.
Rose-Hulman had a taste of MIAA soccer in their first two games of the season. Alma and Rose-Hulman went into two extra time periods for a scoreless draw while Kalamazoo lost in full time 2-0. It is notable that Calvin’s two losses also came early in the season to non-conference opponents.
Offensively, Calvin, with 66 goals, has scored more than twice as many as Rose-Hulman, with 26. Calvin’s leading scorer is senior forward Travis Vegter with 23 across all games. Vegter is tied for third most total goals scored in DIII and is the fifth most prolific goal scorer in DIII with 1.10 goals per game. For Rose-Hulman, sophomore forward Ben Lyon led the attack with eight goals.
This game may turn into a defensive battle if Calvin’s potent offense can’t break through the defense. Rose-Hulman’s senior goalkeeper Drew Miller, who has been in goal the every minute of the season, has only been scored on 11 times in 21 games, recording 71 saves for a 86.7 percent save rate. Miller also leads the division in career shutouts with 35, 13 of them coming this season. Along with his defense, it leaves Rose-Hulman with a .5 goals against average.
Calvin’s defense is very comparable. Junior keeper Niko Giantsopoulos has been the go-to guy for the Knights and has only given up 10 goals while making 55 saves for an 84.6 percent save rate. Four times the Knights had to rely on senior Andrew Claucherty. He had two starts and didn’t concede a goal in his time on the field while making six saves. Calvin’s overall save rate is 86.1 percent and they have a .47 goals-against average.
If Calvin wins their game on Friday, they will play the winner of the game between Ohio Wesleyan and Penn State Behrend on Saturday. Calvin already faced Ohio Wesleyan in the season opener and managed an overtime victory.