Men's Soccer Season
Overall Record: 12-8-0
MIAA Record: 9-5 (3rd place-tie)
Friday, Aug. 31, DePauw 3, Hope 2 (2ot) stats
Saturday, Sept. 1, Hope 2, Wabash 1 stats
Friday, Sept. 7, +Hope 2, Aurora, Ill 1 stats
Saturday, Sept. 8, +Hope 2, Dominican 1 (2ot) stats
Wednesday, Sept. 12, *Hope 4, Adrian 2 stats
Friday, Sept. 14, Carthage 2, Hope 1 stats
Tuesday, Sept. 18, *Hope 1, Alma 0 stats
Saturday, Sept. 22, *Olivet 2, Hope 0 stats
Wednesday, Sept. 26, *Calvin 1, Hope 0 stats
Saturday, Sept. 29, *Hope 2, Albion 1 stats
Tuesday, Oct. 2, *Hope 3, Trine 2 stats
Saturday, Oct. 6, *Hope 4, Kalamazoo 1 stats
Wednesday, Oct. 10, *Adrian 1, Hope 0 (ot) stats
Saturday, Oct. 13, *Hope 4, Alma 1 stats
Wednesday, Oct. 17, *Hope 2, Olivet 1 stats
Saturday, Oct. 20, *Calvin 2, Hope 1 stats
Wednesday, Oct. 24, *Hope 3, Albion 0 stats
Saturday, Oct. 27, *Hope 2, Trine 0 stats
Tuesday, Oct. 30, *Kalamazoo 2, Hope 1 stats
Thursday, Nov. 1, MIAA Tournament - Olivet 2, Hope 1 stats
+ Bergsma Memorial Tournament
* MIAA Game
2012 Season Stats
2012 Game-by-Game Stats
2012 Season in Review
2012 Team Honors are Announced (12/6/12)
MVP (offense): Jason Muller, junior from Petoskey (Petoskey HS)
MVP (defense): Luke Dishnow, senior from Saline (Saline HS)
Most improved: Gavin Midlam, sophomore from East Lansing (East Lansing HS)
Most Inspirational; Luke Dishnow, senior from Saline (Saline HS)
2013 Captains-Elect: to be announced next spring
Two Hope Players Receive All-Region Honors (12/6/12)
Two members of the Hope men's soccer team have been named to the All-Central Region team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Junior forward Grant Neil of Holland (West Ottawa HS) has been named to the second All-Region team while junior midfielder Jason Muller of Petoskey (Petoskey HS) has been named to the All-Region third team.
The All-Region honoress are chosen from NCAA Division III programs in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin.
Both Neil and Muller were first team Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) honorees. Muller led the Flying Dutchmen in scoring with 10 goals, including five game-winners, and was credited with four assists. Neil, behind a strong throw-in ability, was credited with eight assists off those throw-ins. He also scored two goals. Neil's older brother, Logan, was a two-time All-Region honoree (2010 and 2011). Coached by Steven Smith, the Flying Dutchmen posted a 12-8 season record and tied for third place in the MIAA.
All-MIAA Honors Include Three Hope Players
Three members of the Hope men's soccer team have been named to the all-conference teams of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). Juniors Grant Neil of Holland (West Ottawa HS) and Jason Muller of Petoskey (Petoskey HS) have been named to the All-MIAA first team. Senior Luke Dishnow of Saline (Saline HS) was named to the All-MIAA second team and honored as the co-recipient with Dane Macdonell of Kalamazoo of the league's Dr. Marv Zuidema award. The award honors a senior athlete for contribution to team play, leadership qualities, demonstration of ethical virtues and excellence in athletics and academics.
Flying Dutchmen Suffer Season-Ending Loss (11/1/12)
The playoff trail was a short one for the Flying Dutchmen who were defeated 2-1 in the semi-finals of the MIAA tournament by host Olivet on Thursday. Coach Steve Smith's Dutchmen end the season with a 12-8 record.
The teams traded goals in the first half. The Comets scored the game-winner in the 66th minute. Hope's goal was scored in the second minute of the game by Tarwo Konbloa, assisted by Grant Neil on a free kick. Hope held a 15-14 advantage in shots, including 8-7 on-goal.
Flying Dutchmen End Third in MIAA Standings (10/30/12)
The Flying Dutchmen will enter the conference tournament seeded third despite a 2-1 loss to visiting Kalamazoo on Tuesday night. The Flying Dutchmen and Hornets each finished 9-5 in league play to tie for third place in the regular season standings behind Calvin (12-1-1) and Olivet (10-4). The teams split their regular season games, each winning on the other team's field. The tie-breaker, which is based on results against other teams, favored Hope.
The league tournament, which will determine the MIAA qualifier to the NCAA championships, begins Thursday with semi-final matches. #3 Hope travels to #2 Olivet for a 3 p.m. game while #1 Calvin hosts #4 Kalamazoo. The highest remaining seed will host Saturday's championship game.
Tuesday's game was played in high winds and constant rainfall. All of the goals were on the wind-aided side of the field. Hope scored in the first half on Matt VanZytveld's header off a throw-in from Grant Neil. Kalamazoo's goals were in the second half, first on a shot from 18 yards and the game-winner on a free kick from 40 yards. Hope held a 24-8 advantage in shots, but just 5-4 on-goal.
The Flying Dutchmen posted a 12-7 regular season record.
Flying Dutchmen Gain Shutout Victory on the Road (10/27/12)
With back-to-back shutout victories, the Flying Dutchmen are in third place in the MIAA standings heading into the final week of the regular season. Coach Steve Smith's Flying Dutchmen blanked Trine 2-0 Saturday to improve to 9-4 in the MIAA and 12-6 overall. Hope will play in the conference tournament next weekend, but the team's place in the seedings won't be determined until after Tuesday's home game against Kalamazoo. Scoring first half goals were Jeffrey Ekdom (#5) and Josh Whitaker (#2). Freshman goalkeeper Ben Lemmen recorded the shutout with one save.
Flying Dutchmen Gain Shutout Victory (10/24/12)
The Flying Dutchmen combined outstanding defense with timely offense to gain a 3-0 victory over visiting Albion on Wednesday. Coach Steve Smith's Flying Dutchmen gained sole possession of third place in the MIAA standings improving to 8-4 in conference games and 11-6 overall.
Hope held a lopsided 30-5 advantage in shots limiting the Britons to only one shot on-goal. Goalkeepers Ethan Beswick and Ben Lemmen combined for the team's second shutout of the season.
The Flying Dutchmen led 1-0 at halftime behind Jason Muller's tenth goal of the season. It was a header scored off a throw-in from Grant Neil who has six assists this season. Scoring unassisted goals in the second half were Tarwo Konbloa and Cameron Dice.
Flying Dutchmen Edged by Rival Calvin (10/20/12)
The Flying Dutchmen slipped into a tie for third place in the MIAA standings, bowing to rival Calvin 2-1 on Saturday before more than 1,600 fans in Grand Rapids. The Knights remain atop the MIAA standings (10-1) followed by Olivet (9-2). Hope and Kalamazoo share third place at 7-4. Coach Steve Smith's Dutchmen are 10-6 overall.
The teams traded goals in the first half, Hope's coming on a dramatic free kick from midfield by Grant Neil. The game-winner was scored in the 67th minute. Calvin held a 15-13 advantage in shots, including 5-4 on-goal. Hope goalkeeper Ethan Beswick was credited with three saves.
Flying Dutchmen Post Clutch Victory in Tight MIAA Race (10/17/12)
The Flying Dutchmen posted a needed conference victory in dramatic style to avenge an earlier loss. The game-winner in a 2-1 victory over nationally ranked Olivet came with only two seconds remaining in the contest. The goal was scored by an Olivet player off Grant Neil's hurried throw-in as time wound down. The Flying Dutchmen move into a tie for third place in the MIAA race. Rival Calvin tops the standings with a 9-1 record. Olivet follows at 8-2 while Hope and Kalamazoo are 7-3. Coach Steve Smith's Dutchmen are 10-5 overall.
Olivet led 1-0 at halftime. The Flying Dutchmen tied the score in the 71st minute on sophomore Gavin Midlam fourth goal of the season, assisted by Jonathan DeVries. Each team had 16 shots with Hope having a 8-6 edge on-goal. Ethan Beswick was in-goal for the Flying Dutchmen.
Flying Dutchmen Strike Early Enroute to Triumph (10/13/12)
Three goals in a span of nine minutes set the tone as the Flying Dutchmen gained a 4-1 Homecoming victory over Alma on Saturday. Coach Steve Smith's Dutchmen moved into a tie for third place in the MIAA standings (6-3) and stand 9-5 overall. Sophomore Cameron Dice scored a pair of goals, raising his season total to three. Senior Jason Muller scored his ninth goal of the season and Gavin Midlam rounded out the scoring with his third goal of the year.
Flying Dutchmen Suffer Overtime Road Loss (10/10/12)
Hope's three-game league winning streak was snapped in a 1-0 overtime loss to host Adrian on Wednesday night. Playing in their fourth overtime game of the season, the Flying Dutchmen slipped to 5-3 in MIAA games and to 8-5 overall. Coach Steve Smith's Dutchmen are 2-2 in overtime decision. Wednesday's winning goal by Ryan McCarthy came in the 95th minute in a scramble off a free kick. Hope held a 22-8 advantage in shots, including 11-4 on-goal. Goalkeeper Ethan Beswick was credited with three saves.
Road Victory Keeps Dutchmen in Title Hunt (10/6/12)
The Flying Dutchmen stayed in the thick of the conference race by scoring a 4-1 road victory over Kalamazoo on Saturday night. Coach Steve Smith's Dutchmen gained sole possession of third place in the MIAA standings with a 5-2 record and stand 8-4 overall. Kalamazoo gotm on the scoreboard first, but Hope responded with four unanswered goals. Scoring two goals each were Jason Muller and Brandon Underwood.
Flying Dutchmen Rally to Gain MIAA Victory (10/2/12)
The Flying Dutchmen came from behind twice to gain a 3-2 victory over Trine on Tuesday night. The visiting Trine took the lead in both the first and second half, but Hope responded with the tying goals and then scored the game-winner in the closing minutes of the game. Coach Steven Smith's Dutchmen improved to 4-2 in league play and stand 7-4 overall.
Trine scored in the game's 14th minutes, but Hope answered in the 16th minute behind Jeffrey Ekdom's third goial of the season. The Thunder got their second goal in the 65th minute only to have the Flying Dutchmen respond a minute later with Jason Muller's sixth goal of the year. The game-winner came in the 78th minutes when freshman Josh Whitaker scored his first collegiate goal unassisted.
Hope's first two goals resulted from the amazing throw-in skill of junior Grant Neil. Ekdom and Muller each scored on a header off a sideline throw-in by Neil who now has 12 career assists.
Hope ended with a 25-12 advantage in shots including a 10-5 edge on-goal. Goalkeepers Ethan Beswick and Ben Lemmen shared time in the goal each allowing a goal.
Flying Dutchmen Post Conference Victory
The Flying Dutchmen moved above the .500 mark in conference play by edging host Albion 2-1 on Saturday. Coach Steve Smith's Dutchmen improved to 3-2 against MIAA opponents and are 6-4 overall.
The teams were tied 1-1 at halftime, Hope's goal scored unassisted by sophomore Gavin Midham. The game-winner came in the 73rd minute by sophomore Jonathan DeVries, also unassisted. Hope held a 14-8 advantage in shots. Goalkeepers Ethan Beswick and Ben Lemmen each played a half.
Flying Dutchmen Edged by Rival Calvin (9/26/12)
An early goal proved to be the margin of victory as visiting Calvin edged the Flying Dutchmen 1-0 Wednesday before more than 2,100 Van Andel Stadium fans. Travis Vegter scored unassisted in the sixth minute of the game. The teams turned to defense for the remaining 84 minutes as goalkeepers Jared Rushlau (Calvin) and Ethan Beswick (Hope) turned away several attacks.
It marks the second year that Calvin has gained a 1-0 victory on Hope's field. The Knights move minto a tie for second place with Kalamazoo in the MIAA race with a 3-1 record behind Olivet (4-0). Hope slips into a tie for fourth with Trine at 2-2. Calvin is 5-3 overall while Hope is 5-4.
Thje Knights held a 19-15 advantage in shots, including a 9-4 margin on-goal. The shutout was Calvin's first of the season as Rushlau was credited with four saves. Hope has suffered back-to-back shutout defeats. Beswick turned away eight shots.
Flying Dutchmen Suffer First Conference Loss (9/22/12)
In a showdown of league unbeatens, the Olivet Comets blanked the Flying Dutchmen 2-0 on Saturday night. Olivet shares first place in the MIAA standings with Kalamazoo (3-0) while Hope drops into a tie for third with rival Calvin (2-1). The Flying Dutchmen next host Calvin on Wednesday. Coach Steve Smith's Dutcmhmen have a 5-3 season record.
Olivet struck fast getting a pair of goals by Cory Werner-Hoskins in the first 32 minutes. The game was delayed twice in the second half by thunderstorms. Hope ended with a 15-14 advantage in shots. Hope goalkeepers Ben Lemmen and Ethan Beswick each played a half.
Late Goal Keeps Flying Dutchmen Unbeaten in MIAA (9/18/12)
Playing in a game decided by a single goal for the sixth time this season, the Flying Dutchmen gained a 1-0 victory over host Alma on Tuesday. Coach Steve Smith's Flying Dutchmen improved to 2-0 in conference play and to 5-2 overall.
The decisive goal came in the 72nd minute by sophomore Jonathan DeVries who came off the bench to score his first collegiate goal on a header off a throw-in by junior Grant Neil. Senior goalkeeper Ben Lemmen posted his first collegiate shutout with five saves. Hope held a 21-11 advantage in shots.
Flying Dutchmen Suffer First Home Defeat (9/14/12)
The Flying Dutchmen were edged by visiting Carthage 2-1 Friday snapping a four-game winning streak. Ranked eighth in this week's Division III national poll, coach Steve Smith's Dutchmen slipped to 4-2 on the season.
Carthage (5-1) dominated the field of play with a 31-17 advantage in shots, including 12-to-7 in shots on-goal. The Red Men led 1-0 at halftime. Hope tied the score in the 59th minute on Grant Neil's first goal of the season, assisted by Jason Muller. The game-winner came in the 88th minute. Hope goalkeeper Ben Lemmen was credited with 10 saves.
Flying Dutchmen Open MIAA Play With Victory (9/12/12)
The Flying Dutchmen opened conference play Wednesday with a victory but not before receiving a scare from visiting Adrian. Coach Steve Smith's nationally ranked Dutchmen emerged a 4-2 victor to extend their winning streak to four in-a-row.
The game opened with an offensive flurry as four goals -- two by each team -- were scored in the first 20 minutes of play. The teams settled into a defensive struggle for the next 66 minutes and appeared headed to a possible overtime. But then in a flurry over a span of just 31 seconds, Hope scored twice to assure the victory. Hope held an overwhelming 35-5 advantage in shots, including a 10-3 margin on-goal and 14-2 edge in corner kicks.
Sophomore Gavin Midlam scored his first and second collegiate goals while scoring one each were Jeffrey Ekdom and Jason Muller. Assists were credited to Tarwo Konbloa, Josh Whitaker and Muller. This week's MIAA offensive player of the week, Muller has scored five goals and assisted on two others so far this season.
Flying Dutchmen Win Bergsma Tournament Crown (9/8/12)
Hope 2, Aurora 1 / Hope 2, Dominican 1 (2ot)
History of Bergsma Tournament
The Flying Dutchmen captured the championship of the Bergsma Memorial tournament for the third consecutive year in dramatic fashion on Saturday night.
In a showdown of nationally ranked teams, coach Steve Smith's Flying Dutchmen edged Dominican, Ill. 2-1 in overtime before a capacity Van Andel Stadium crowd. It marked the fourth
consecutive one-goal decision game for the Flying Dutchmen who improved to 3-1 on the season.
A year ago Hope beat Dominican in the NCAA tournament with a dramatic last-second goal off a cornerkick. It happened again on Saturday. In the 102nd minute of play, sophomore Cameron Dice scored on a header in a play that started with a cornerkick executed by senior Jason Muller who earlier in the game scored his third goal of the young season. Hope had outstanding play from goalkeepers
Ben Lemmen and Ethan Beswick who split time in goal.
In Friday's victory, Muller scored both of Hope's goals. The first came just 17 seconds into the game off an assist from Jeff Ekdom. The game winner came on a penalty kick in the 52nd minute following a red card raised against an Aurora player.
Flying Dutchmen Post Bergsma Tourney Victory (9/7/12)
Stats / History of Bergsma Tournament
The Flying Dutchmen played to their third consecutive one-goal decision in gaining a 2-1 victory over Aurora, Ill. on Friday. The game was the first of two contests this weekend in the 12th annual Bergsma Memorial tournament. In Friday's other game, Dominican, Ill. edged Calvin 2-1, setting the stage for Saturday night's championship game between the Flying Dutchmen and Dominican at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.
Senior Jason Muller scored both of Hope's goals. The first came just 17 seconds into the game off an assist from Jeff Ekdom. The game winner came on a penalty kick in the 52nd minute following a red card raised against an Aurora player. Goalkeepers Ben Lemmen and Ethan Beswick each played a half. Hope ended with a 16-11 advantage in shots.
Flying Dutchmen Split Season-Opening Overtime Games (9/1/12)
DePauw 3, Hope 2 (2ot) / Hope 2, Wabash 1 (1ot)
The Flying Dutchmen split a pair of season-opening overtime games on the road this weekend. On Friday coach Steve Smith's Flying Dutchmen were defeated 3-2 in double overtime by DePauw, but rebounded on Saturday to edge Wabash 2-1 in a single overtime contest. Jason Muller scored in the 95th minute to give Hope the win over Wabash. Hope's other goal was scored by Nicholas Heyboer in the final minute of the first half. In the loss to DePauw, goals were scored by Jeffrey Ekdom and on an own goal.