by Alan Babbitt
The pair teamed up three minutes into the second half for the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory against Carthage College (Wisconsin) on Wednesday at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.
The 23rd-ranked Flying Dutchmen continued their unbeaten start by improving to 7-0.
Dault, a senior from Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven HS), weaved through multiple Carthage defenders before slipping a pass on the left wing to Bylsma. The junior from Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville) then right-footed the ball past the Carthage keeper from about 12 yards out.
It was the team-leading fifth goal of the season for Bylsma, pictured right.
"Christian is a good player and he's capable of that. He is a real X-factor," head coach Dave Brandt said. "Logan is a strong finisher who reads the play well. Those things worked together for the goal."
Photo of Christian Dault dribbling against Carthage by Lynne Powe
Brandt was grateful for what he friendly termed Dault's "bit of a silly skill" worked out in a productive way.
"I don't want to encourage it because Christian needs to be careful how many people he tries to dribble through at once, but if he's going to be brilliant once in a while, we'll take it," Brandt said. "He tried to dribble through four, five guys, drew all the attention, then the ball slips out and Logan finishes."
The non-league match against an opponent from the College-Conference of Illinois-Wisconsin was tightly contested. Hope outshot Carthage (3-4) by a 19-15 margin.
Hope entered the match ranked 15th in the nation with a 0.328 goals against average.
The Flying Dutchmen's next match is Tuesday, September at Lake Forest College (Illinois).
Hope plays its next four matches on the road before returning to Van Andel Soccer Stadium on Saturday, October 6 for a 7 p.m. match against Kalamazoo College on free team poster giveaway night.