Nov. 21, 2009

Courtesy of Calvin

PITTSBURGH, PA - For the first time in school history, the Calvin men’s soccer team is headed to the NCAA III Final Four. The Knights advanced to the national semifinal with a 4-3 shootout victory over Transylvania (KY) Saturday night on the campus of Carnegie-Mellon University.

The game finished in a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Transylvania scoring a late second half goal to tie the game at one. In the shootout, Calvin junior goalkeeper Ryan Bratt came up with three clutch saves with freshman Chris Nance scoring the clinching goal in the shootout. Chris Nance is a graduate of Warren DeLaSalle High School in suburban Detroit.

The shootout win is Calvin’s second of the NCAA III Tournament. The Knights also edged Wartburg 3-2 in a shootout last Saturday night in a second round NCAA III Tournament game.

Calvin (17-4-3) will be making its first-ever trip to the NCAA III Final Four in men’s soccer. The Final Four is scheduled to be held in San Antonio, Texas, December 4 & 5. Calvin will be the second MIAA school to advance to the Final Four with Alma also doing so in 1999.

Calvin took an early lead against Transylvania (16-3-3) on a goal by senior Alex McKenzie in the eighth minute of play but Transylvania tied the game on a breakaway goal by Pierre Manga with just 17:56 left in regulation.