No. 2 Calvin and No. 3 Christopher Newport roll on
The second weekend of the season kicked off on Friday with some key matches of top ranked teams. In men's action, Calvin and Wheaton (Ill.) renewed their growing rivalry, while Christopher Newport saw action in the Virginia Wesleyan tourney. And Whitworth made the cross country trek East for a tournament at Oneonta State, with Widner and Montclair State.
The No. 2 Calvin Knights went on the road to No. 15 Wheaton (Ill.) and came away with a hard fought 3-2 win in front of a sell-out crowd of over 1500. Kyle Billin had the game winner in the 62nd minute, scoring off of a long throw-in by junior Tyler Vegter.
"Anytime you can pick up a win at Wheaton, it's huge," said Calvin men's soccer coach Chris Hughes after the game. "This is one of the most difficult venues to play at in all of collegiate soccer but our boys were up to the challenge and I give them a lot of credit. I also thought Wheaton played very well. They pushed us to limit.
No. 3 Christopher Newport blanked Rowan 5-0 in the opening match of Virginia Wesleyan's Chick-Fil-A Invitational. Alex Makumbi and Andrew Bonorden each scored two goals for the Captains, who improve to 4-0 on the season. No. 12 Swarthmore improved to 4-0 with a 1-0 shutout of RPI in front of a home crowd of 500. Junior David Sterngold had the game winning goal in the 59th minute, off an assist by Kieran Reichert. With the loss, RPI moves to 2-1.
After playing to a scoreless draw, Montclair State got past Oneonta State 5-4 in a shoot out in the opening match of the Mayor's Cup Tourney. Sophomore Dan Mendoza scored the winner in the final round of penalty kicks for the Red Hawks. MSU moves to 2-1-2 on the season and will face No. 14 Whitworth in the Tourney championship. Whitworth won their first match with a 3-0 victory over Widner. JT Meyer scored the game winner in the 11th minute of play, moving the Pirates to 3-0.
In other action, MIAA team Hope College traveled to CCIW squad North Central College and played to a 1-1 draw. David Whitaker scored the key goal for Hope with only 41 seconds to play. North Central went ahead 1-0 on a penalty kick by Michael Curtis in the 23rd minute. Hope moves to 2-0-1 while North Central stands at 2-1-1. Hope will face Wheaton on Saturday evening, while North Central will host Calvin, as the CCIW-MIAA interplay continues.
Much more soccer action to come this weekend. Stay tuned.