Men’s soccer put in several impressive performances and women’s soccer downed rival Hope.
Men’s soccer played two games last week, winning both at home in front of K’s faithful fans. The first game was Tuesday night when the Hornets easily dispatched of Adrian 7-0. Forward Cal Kirchen K’17 recorded a hat-trick and Thomas Bryant K’18 added two goals himself in the rout. Keeper Griffin Hamel K’18 only needed to make one save to keep his shutout. In their second game of the week the men hosted Olivet and recorded another shutout, winning 5-0. Kirchen continued in his fine form and added two more goals in the first half. Bryant again added two additional goals and Joshua Robison K’17 added to total five goals. Hamel faced more shots against Olivet, stopping all five that were on target to keep another shutout. The men are now 7-2 in the MIAA and play again today at Albion at 4 PM.
Women’s soccer played an intense game on October 7 as they hosted heated rival Hope. Prior to this meeting, the Flying Dutch were undefeated, however when they left Kalamazoo they had a tally in the loss column. Sarah George K’19 scored in the upper corner from 25 yards out to give the Hornets an early first half lead. Unfortunately for the Hornets, however, Hope struck back just before halftime. Despite the adversity, the women played strong early in the second half and junior Allie Brodsky K’17 scored her first of the season to give K the 2-1 lead. The Hornets held on strongly and keeper Grace Smith K’17 made ten saves to give the Hornets the victory.
Men’s golf competed in their final MIAA Jamboree of the season hosted by Hope College at Wuskowhan Players Club in West Olive, MI. While the men finished sixth place, they were only six shots out of second place in a tightly packed field. David Smith K’17 led the way for the Hornets with a strong 73; simultaneously playing his way onto the All-MIAA Second Team. Travis Veenhuis K’19 contributed a 74 and Nick Ludka K’19 added a 78. Both Veenhuis and Ludka also made All-MIAA Second Team. With this being the final Jamboree of the season, the Hornets clinched a spot in the automatic qualifier tournament in the spring for the first time since 1993.
The women’s golf team fielded three players in the final MIAA Tournament held Friday and Saturday at Bedford Valley in Battle Creek, MI. Cydney Martell K’19 shot 98-98, Claire Kalina K’19 shot 100-92 and Sarah Manski K’16 shot a 100-89. While the women were unable to post a team score in any MIAA tournament this year due to lack of players, there is encouragement for next season as both first years Martell and Kalina performed well all season. Finally, senior Manski competed in her final MIAA event of her collegiate career.
The volleyball team competed three times last week, losing all three games, 0-3 to Albion, 0-3 to Alma and 0-3 to Calvin. The women led early in the first set against Albion, but failed to hold on to take the set. Dana DeVito K’17 led the team with 16 digs. Against Alma the second set was close (26-24) but again the Hornets were unable to make the breakthrough. Paige Johnson K’17 led the team with 15 assists. Finally against No. 5 Calvin the Hornets fell in straight sets while Johnson had 13 assists.
The men’s cross country team finished seventh of nineteen teams on Friday at the Lansing Invitational. Jordan Henning K’16 led the way for the Hornets with a fifth place finish. Another senior, Andrew Feeley finished next for the Hornets in 44th place. Connor Vogt K’18, Paul Tshele K’16 and Alexander Townsend K’16 rounded out the top five for the Hornets. The men next race on Saturday October 17 when they travel to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
The women’s cross country team also competed at the Lansing Invitational and finished in 11th place. However, the day was highlighted by first-year Lauren Arquette who won the Invite with a five-kilometer time of 18:36. She finished 18 seconds clear of the next finisher. Anna Roodbergen K’18, Mira Swearer K’16, Margot Courand K’16, and Cheyenne Allyn-White K’19 rounded out the top five for the Hornets. The women next race at the same event as the men, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on October 17.
The football team lost 72-40 to Albion College on Saturday in their MIAA home opener. While Albion scored the first 16 points of the game, their lead was only 16-10 at the end of the first quarter. However, by halftime the Hornets were trailing 37-19. The Hornets moved close again after an early touchdown in the second half, but the opposing Britons pulled away to an insurmountable lead. Despite the loss, it is still an improvement from last season when Albion scored 75 on the Hornets. Clay Wilkey K’18 was the leading rusher for the Hornets with 57 yards on 12 carries. Collin Feilla K’17 led K’s receivers with 131 yards and one for a dope touchdown catch. Quentin Sweeney K’18 and Dylan Zerki K’16 were the leaders on defense, as both had 15 tackles.