by Eva Dean Folkert
A second-half scoring blast was fueled by two mini-bursts inside a total of 19 minutes for the Hope College men's soccer on Saturday night against Transylvania (Ky.) University. After a 0-0 tie at halftime, head coach Dave Brandt's Flying Dutchmen unloaded four goals on the Pioneers and won the non-league game, 4-0, at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.
Hope went 1-1 on the weekend in Ohio after dropping a match to host ONU on Friday. The Flying Dutchmen are now 3-1 overall.
Hope's scoring barrage started a little more than a minute into the second half when freshman midfielder Charlie Rogers of Ann Arbor (Saline HS) scored his first goal of the season, talking a cross from the flank from senior midfielder Isaac Braak of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) for his third assist this season.
Six minutes later at the 52:42 mark, a similar play developed, this time with freshman midfielder Nic Kubert of Rochester Hills (Avondale HS), pictured, assisting from the flank for a goal by sophomore forward Alec Belcasto of Washington, PA. (The Kiski School). It was Belcastro's second goal of the season and Kubert's first assist.
Hope's final two goals came exactly one minute apart. At the 64:38 mark, Kubert would score his first goal this year, off a double assist by Braak and senior forward Logan Bylsma of Hudsonville (Hudsonville HS). Then at the 65:38 mark, a goal by Bylsma — his fourth this season — come off another double assist by freshman forward Trevor Durfee of Belmont (Rockford HS) and Kubert who recorded his fourth point of the game.
"We're a good team, but we just weren't convincing enough on Friday night (even though Hope led in shots 19-9)," said Brandt. "ONU is a good team, but for me, that was a disappointing loss that didn't need to happen. So, for us to finally get it into gear in second half tonight, it was a bit of, 'It's about time.'"
The Flying Dutchman led the Pioneers in every offensive category, dominating in shots, 25-6, and shots on goal, 10-0. Hope also had one more corner than Transylvania, 4-3.
Hope hosts its first home game of the season on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Van Andel Soccer Stadium. The Flying Dutchmen take on the University of Chicago with a 7 p.m. start.