Men's Soccer Falls at Carthage

by Alan Babbitt

Two goals allowed in a span of 4 1/2 minutes sent the Hope College men's soccer team to a 4-2 loss at Carthage College on Saturday in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The Flying Dutchmen fell to 5-3 overall on the season.

The four goals allowed were the most Hope yielded in a match this season.

Sophomore defender Nolan Vandegrift of Ada, Michigan (Forest Hills Central HS) and sophomore Griffin Bruso of Bloomington, Illinois (Normal) scored for the Flying Dutchmen.

Vandegrift tied the score at 1-1 by netting his first goal of the season with 4 ½ minutes remaining in the first half. Sophomore forward Alec Belcastro of Washington, Pennsylvania (Kiski School) was credited with the assists.

Carthage, which improved to 3-5 overall), broke open the match early and often in the second half.

Alberto Kovacevic snapped a 1-1 tie 11 ½ minutes into the second half. Teammate Jerry Patinto struck four minutes later for a 3-1 lead.

The Flying Dutchmen pulled within a goal nearly six minutes later on Bruso's first goal of the season. Senior forward Logan Bylsma of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville) was credited with the assist.

Carthage, however, scored on the last of its eight shots with 11 ½ minutes remaining in regulation to seal the victory.

The Flying Dutchmen finished with 19 shots.

Hope's next match is Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. against North Park University (Illinois) at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.

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