Tigers break spell, beat Calvin for first
time in three years
by Brian Parsons 00
Sometimes its better to be lucky than good. A
goal that shouldnt have been was, and a
goal that should have been wasnt.
After all that, the mens soccer team
still won its season opener against Calvin
The win, the first in three years over the
Knights, also marked the third year in a row the
Tigers have started the season off with a win.
And this one was dominated by a much faster
The DePauw midfield, led by seniors Craig
Myers and Justin Wallace, controlled the ball for
most of the entire game.
Only five minutes into the game the Tigers
earned a corner kick from the left side.
Sophomore forward J.R. Foster sent the ball into
the box that was played on by senior midfielder
Craig Myers. The ball rattled around for awhile
before the Knights keeper, Matt Thelan, grabbed
it, unleashing a collective groan from the
partisan DePauw crowd.
A few moments later freshman Matt Joiner was
up-ended by a Calvin defenseman about five yards
out of the box, earning a free kick. Senior
Justin Wallace ran over the ball, booting it just
left of the Knights wall, and onto the foot of a
rushing Foster who placed it cleanly in the right
corner of the Calvin goal.
From the stands the play looked flawless, but
after the game Wallace owned up to what really
I wanked the kick, Wallace said,
using his own terminology. It was actually
a lucky goal. Foster was making a run behind the
wall, I wanked the ball, and luckily put it right
on his foot.
The Tigers midfield dominated the rest of the
first half and almost added another goal before
the end of the first half on another fluke play.
Freshman Tim Hufford played a ball to the box
from about 35 yards out. He lobbed it in there
with Foster running on. Thelan misjudged the
bounce of the ball, and it almost went over him
and in to the net, but Thelan made a backwards
lunging punch shot to deflect it away.
Calvin head coach Dave VerMerris didnt
like the intense DePauw pressure being placed on
We really wanted to come in here and get
a lot of penetration in on [DePauw],
VerMerris said. But we couldnt go
very far because of their attacking.
The attacking for both sides slowed down
considerably in the second half as the brutal
afternoon heat tired most of the players from
both sides out.
The lack of stamina at the end almost proved
costly for the Tigers as senior keeper Adam Lux
had to make two spectacular saves in the last ten
minutes to maintain the shutout, and the win.
Calvin forward Brian Doumma took a long pass
from a midfielder and had a one-on-one
opportunity with Lux and shot high right. Lux
guessed correctly, dove to his left, and made a
sensational grab in mid-air.
I really didnt make that much of a
challenge on the ball. I just followed his angle
and was able to make the save, Lux said.
DePauw had a chance to stretch the lead out
several times but couldnt take advantage of
some great through balls to the forwards.
The best opportunity of the day came with six
minutes left in the game. Freshman Chris Kessler
took the ball down the line, juked his defender
and dribbled towards the side of the net. The
Calvin goalkeeper rushed at him, and Kessler
played a great ball to junior Ryan Winkler who
had an open net in front of him. Winkler should
have trapped the ball and touched it in. Instead
he tried to slam it to the back of the net and he
got a little under the ball as it sailed high and
DePauw coach Page Cotton was still pleased
with the effort by the forwards despite the
inability to finish a couple of balls.
ÏI thought this game could have been about
3-0, Cotton said. ÏWe wanted to be solid
defensively today so we only had two attackers. I
was worried we wouldnt get as many chances
on goal, because we were going with three
attackers before but I thought we played well up
Although Cotton was happy with the win, he was
a little disappointed with the number of yellow
cards handed out to his team. Junior Brendan
Landry along with Myers and Wallace all picked up
ÏI thought [Wallaces] card was
questionable, but we have to keep that mental
edge over our opponents. When were getting
cards, obviously we lose that edge.
The Tigers next face Colby College in Maine on
J.R. Foster (Justin Wallace), 10:27