The Kalamazoo College men’s and women’s soccer teams earned MIAA tournament first round wins at home Saturday with the Hornet men defeating Trine 3-1 and the Hornet women topping Calvin 1-0. Both Kalamazoo teams advance to the semifinals next week with Hope hosting against both squads.
The men’s game began the day with cloudy, cold, and rainy conditions throughout the game. The Hornets tallied the lone first half goal in the 31st minute with a penalty kick taken by Nick Kraeuter. In the 56th, Emilio Romo scored his first collegiate goal off a Travis Barclay assist for the 2-0 advantage.
Trine earned a PK of their own in the 59th and Brian Morris converted for a 2-1 score. However, K got another penalty kick in the 79th minute, buried by leading scorer Ben Meschke for the final dagger.
The win moves Kalamazoo to 11-3-2 and sends them to the tournament semifinal for the first time since 2015. The third-seeded Hornets meet second-seeded Hope Wednesday at 7 p.m. Trine finishes at 6-10.
The women’s game stayed dry until a wintry mix started to fall late in the second half. Kalamazoo dominated first half possession and scored the lone goal in the 26th minute. Madison Vallan’s shot was stopped by Calvin goalkeeper Amy Kliewer, but Portage Central alum Josie Sibley was there to score on the rebound.
The Knights did a much better job possessing in the second half, but the Kalamazoo defense kept them from getting their shots on net. Hornet goalkeeper Hannah Wolfe only needed one save to record her fifth shutout of the season.
Kalamazoo improves to 7-7-3 and plays at Hope in Tuesday’s #2 vs #3 semifinal at 7 p.m. The first meeting between the two in late September was a scoreless draw. Calvin ends their year at 5-10-3.