by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College men's soccer team dropped its first match of the season - falling at fourth-ranked Calvin College 5-0 on Wednesday in Grand Rapids.
The 16th-ranked Flying Dutchmen fell to 9-1 overall after losing their Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association opener.
Calvin (9-1, 1-0 MIAA) took command early with two first-half goals.
The Knights were the first team to score more than in a goal in a match against Hope this season. The Flying Dutchmen had only allowed three goals all the season entering the match.
"I think it was a combination of them being a very good team and them having some pace we couldn't match tonight," head coach Dave Brandt said of the result.
Hope goalie Blair McCormick made nine saves. The junior from Wadsworth, Illinois (Warren Township HS) faced 27 Calvin shots.
The Flying Dutchmen generated 10 shots of Calvin goalie Chris Morrish, who totaled four saves.
"That's a very good team. There's a reason they were undefeated. They've played a similar schedule," Calvin head coach Ryan Souders said. "Dave is one of, if not the best, Division III coach in the country. You can see the precision those guys play with. I thought we finished with our chances. I thought that was key early."
Hope's next match is Saturday at home against Kalamazoo College. The MIAA match begins at 7 p.m. There will be a free team poster giveaway after the match.