by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College men's soccer team erupted for three second-half goals and beat Millikin University (Illinois) 3-0 on Saturday at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.
Head coach Dave Brandt's Flying Dutchmen extended a season-opening win streak to four matches for the first time in 16 years.
Hope (4-0 overall) started fast after halftime — striking twice in a span of nine minutes after the second half kicked off.
Senior Christian Dault of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven HS) provided the first goal nine minutes into the second half on a shot from just inside 18 yards. The unassisted tally was his second of the season.
One minute, 59 seconds later, senior James Reymann of Columbus Ohio (Worthington Kilbourne), pictured, buried a free kick from 20 yards out to push Hope's lead to 2-0.
With 5:10 remaining, Reymann recorded his third goal of the season on an unassisted strike from 15 yards out against Millikin (2-2).
The Flying Dutchmen scored on three of their six shots on goal.
Hope goalie Blair McCormick of Wadsworth, Illinois (Warren Township) posted his first shutout of the season with five saves.
Retired coach Steven Smith's 2002 Flying Dutchmen started 5-0 en route to a 17-5-1 overall record that included two wins in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Hope also bid to go 4-0 to begin the 2009 and 2008 but tied its fourth match each season.