by Alan Babbitt
Logan Bylsma and the Hope College men's soccer team started fast and rolled to an 8-1 victory against visiting Olivet College on Tuesday.
Bylsma registered the third three-goal game by a Hope player at Van Andel Soccer Stadium as the Flying Dutchmen improved to 11-1 overall and 2-1 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play.
The junior forward from Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville HS) matched Shaun Groetsema (2010) and Jason Muller (2011) just 24 minutes, 20 seconds into the match.
Bylsma, pictured, scored three of Hope's first four goals. The Flying Dutchmen charged to a 5-1 halftime lead.
Bylsma now has a team-leading nine goals on the season.
The Flying Dutchmen came within one goal of the school record for most goals scored in a match at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.
Five different Hope players chipped in goals, including two with their first collegiate scores: freshmen Caleb Schoon of Ludington, Michigan (Ludington) and sophomore Dominick Byrne of Fremont, Michigan (Fremont).
Senior James Reymann of Columbus, Ohio (Worthington Kilbourne) contributed his sixth goal of the season.
Junior Isaac Braak of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven) added his fourth goal of the season.
Sophomore Jack Elwell of Ada, Michigan (Forest Hills Northern) scored his third.
Hope's next match is Saturday at 5 p.m. at Albion College.