Men's Soccer Scores Off Three Set Pieces, Wins MIAA Tournament Opener

Ben Hagman posing for a portrait by Alan Babbitt

The pressure the Hope College men's soccer team likes to apply generated timely goals in a different fashion on Saturday.

The Flying Dutchmen beat Kalamazoo College 3-0 at Van Andel Soccer Stadium with goals off of three set pieces during the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament opener. 

Senior Ben Hagman of Powell, Ohio (Olentangy Liberty HS), pictured, scored his first two goals of the season to help Hope (14-2-1 overall) advance to Tuesday's 7 p.m. semifinal at Calvin College.

"We haven't scored a ton on set pieces this year," head coach Dave Brandt said. "That stuff tends to even out. We have scored a lot from open play. Tonight was three set pieces. If you create enough pressure — we had 11 corners tonight — you have a chance to be dangerous."

Junior Logan Bylsma of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville) gave the Flying Dutchmen a 1-0 lead 8 minutes, 21 seconds into the match when he headed in a corner from senior Christian Dault of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven).

It was Bylsma's team-leading 14th goal of the season.

Hope upped its lead to 2-0 15 minutes later. Hagman headed in a corner from senior James Reymann of Columbus, Ohio (Worthington Kilbourne).

The Flying Dutchmen finished their scoring midway through the second half. Following a Kalamazoo foul, Hagman knocked in the long restart kick from senior Sam Allbritten of Warsaw, Indiana (Warsaw). It was his second goal of the season.

Hope outshot Kalamazoo (5-11-1) by a 17-3 margin.

Junior Blair McCormick of Wadsworth, Illinois (Warren Township) needed to make only one save.

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