By Lauren Duistermars
The Hope College men's soccer team continued its winning ways by defeating Richard Stockton University (New Jersey), 2-1, in overtime at Van Andel Soccer Stadium on Saturday.
The Flying Dutchmen have opened their season with a 2-0 record. In the Cal Bergsma Memorial Tournament this weekend, Hope also beat Manchester College (Indiana), 3-0, on Friday.
In the first overtime, Hope missed its first two shot attempts but made up for it in the end. In the 98th minute, junior Logan Bylsma of Hudsonville (Hudsonville), pictured, scored the game-winning goal off an assist from senior James Reymann of Columbus, Ohio (Worthington Kilbourne HS)
Earlier, Reymann scored the game's first goal at 15:05 in the first half on a penalty kick. That was the only scoring in the first half, and the score stood 1-0, Hope, after the first 45 minutes.
As the final 45 minutes ticked away, neither team let the slippery field conditions affect their intense play. Though both teams each had shots on goal during the second half, a free kick by the Ospreys' Justin Ruiz resulted in a goal late in the half at the 82:35 mark, tying the game, 1-1, where it remained at the end of regulation play.
The Flying Dutchmen outshot Stockton 24-6. Junior Blair McCormick of Wadsworth, Illinois (Warren Township) made two saves in goal for Hope.
While Hope has two wins under its belt, head coach Dave Brandt is excited for more in his first season with the Flying Dutchmen.
More progress needs to be made, Brandt says, and he's looking primarily for consistency to achieve that.
"Wing play is important, penetration on the ground is important, pressing defensively is important, and then mentality is important," Brandt said. "Those things and others consistently are what we're working on and I think, for us, it's just a matter of getting better and better at those things."