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Weekend Round Up for Hope College Athletics

by Cassandra Basore


Hope Blanks Sixth-Ranked Dominican (Ill.) 3-0

Senior Jason Muller and the Hope men’s soccer team beat a second nationally ranked foe in a week on Saturday, blanking No. 8 Dominican (Ill.) University 3-0 on the road.

The Flying Dutchmen (4-1-1 overall) won their fourth consecutive match. They beat then fourth-ranked Wheaton (Ill.) College on Sept. 7 at home.

Hope scored three times during the second half.

Muller, a forward from Petoskey (Petoskey HS), netted two of them to give him three on the season. He scored on assists from junior midfielder Cameron Dice of Allendale (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS) both times — in the 55th and 83rd minutes, respectively.

Sophomore midfielder/forward David Porte of Mattawan (Mattawan HS) had Hope’s second goal. He scored off an assist from senior back Grant Neil of Holland (West Ottawa) in the 65th minute.

Goalie Ethan Beswick of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) recorded five saves to earn the shutout.

Hope returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 17 when it kicks off Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play at Calvin College at 4:30 p.m.


Flying Dutch Roll Past Trine, 4-0

The Hope women’s soccer team remained unbeaten on Saturday night, defeating Trine 4-0 in front of a Van Andel Soccer Stadium crowd of 594.

Senior forward Raisa Yewah of East Lansing (Okemos HS) scored twice to lead the Flying Dutch, who improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in MIAA action. Hope is tied for first place in the league standings with Alma College.

Yewah now has three goals on the season. She opened the scoring in the 15th minute on a well-placed shot from 12 yards out.  Senior midfielder Amy Olson of Rockford, Ill. (Guilford HS), had the assist.

After Olson recorded her first goal of the season off an assist from junior defender Brooke Dippel of Mason (Mason HS) in the 44th minute, senior forward Kristina Bosch of Holland (Holland Christian HS) scored just 73 seconds later for a 3-0 halftime lead. Senior midfielder Courtney Laux of Novi (Novi HS) had the assist.

Yewah scored again in the 55th minute, with junior forward Lindsey Bieri of Holland Holland (Holland Christian HS) picking up the assist.

Goalie Lauren Kooy of Metmora (Flint Powers HS) totaled three saves for the shutout.

Hope leads the MIAA with a plus-12 goal difference.


Flying Dutch Win Twice At Wittenberg tourney, go 4-0

The fifth-ranked Hope volleyball team is now 12-0 on the season after winning two more times on Saturday at the Wittenberg (Ohio) University Fall Classic.

The Flying Dutch swept Heidelberg (Ohio) and Ohio Northern on Saturday to finish the two-day tournament with a 4-0 record. Hope defeated sixth-ranked Washington University in St. Louis and eighth-ranked Otterbein (Ohio) on Friday.

Against Heidelberg, Hope won 25-12, 25-14, 25-21 as junior outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer of Hudsonville (Unity Christian HS) posted a match-high 11 kills on a .423 kill percentage.

Middle hitter Courtney Earles of Kentwood (East Kentwood HS) also reached double figures for the Flying Dutch with 10 kills.

Against Ohio Northern, Hope won 25-15, 25-13, 25-21 as Grasmeyer shared team-high kill honors with junior outside hitter Anna Lynch of Lake Odessa (Lakewood). Both had 12 kills. Earles added 10 with a .588 kill percentage.

Sophomore setter Lauren Hazekamp of Fruitport (Fruitport HS) totaled 72 assists during the two matches.

Hope returns to action on Tuesday when it plays at top-ranked Calvin College at 7 p.m.


Flying Dutchmen seventh at 27-team Calvin invitational

The Hope men’s cross country team took seventh at the 27-team Calvin College Invitational on Saturday in Grand Rapids.

Senior Sam Pederson of Mt. Prospect, Ill. (Prospect HS) topped the Flying Dutchmen with a 14th-place time of 25 minutes, 32.4 seconds on the 8K course at Calvin.

Hope finished with 196 points. St. Francis (Ill.) won with 42.

The Flying Dutchmen also received points from junior Ben Zank of  Midland (H.H. Down HS) in 41st at 25:59.3, senior James Rogers of Saginaw (Valley Lutheran HS) in 57th at 26:17.8, junior Zach Zandbergen of Grandville (Grandville HS) in 69th at 26.27.2 and sophomore Joseph Beemer of St. Joseph (St. Joseph) HS in 72nd at 26.29.3.

Also competing for Hope were sophomore Kyle Anderson of Shorewood, Minn. (Minnetonka HS) in 74th at 26.32.6 and freshman Tyler Brinks of Commerce Township (Walled Lake Northern HS) in 85th at 26:42.3.


Hope Routs Millikin 41-7

The Hope football team made the dedication of Ray & Sue Smith Stadium a smashing success.

The Flying Dutchmen erupted for a 41-7 win against Millikin (Ill.) on Saturday, riding a 35-point first half to improve to 2-0 on the season in front of a home opener crowd of 4,110.

Hope dedicated its home field to former head coach and athletic director Ray Smith and his wife, Sue, during a pregame ceremony.

The Flying Dutchmen racked up 510 yards of total offense against Millikin (0-2) while also returning a Millikin onside kick for a touchdown in the second half.

Hope intercepted Millikin quarterback Nick Pippen twice and sacked him three times.

The Flying Dutchmen scored twice in a 20-second span early in the second quarter for a 35-7 lead. Junior Cody Lindemulder of Mulliken (Lakewood HS) scooped up an onside kick after a Millikin touchdown and raced 45 yards for a touchdown four minutes into the second quarter.

Lindemulder, a linebacker, then intercepted Millikin’s first play from the scrimmage to set up a one-play scoring drive that resulted in a 32-yard touchdown catch for senior receiver Vincent Boddy of West Bloomfield (West Bloomfield HS) from senior quarterback Michael Atwell of Geneseo, Ill. (Geneseo HS).

Atwell and Boddy teamed up for a 19-yard touchdown pass 1:16 into the second quarter that pushed Hope’s lead to 21-7. Boddy had three catches for 82 yards.

Atwell completed 21-of-33 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns. He opened the scoring with a 2-yard plunge into the end zone.

Junior receiver Taylor Brynaert of Washington, Mich. (Romeo HS), led Hope with six catches for a game-high 99 yards. Sophomore receiver David Brown of Ithaca (Ithaca HS) finished with five catches for 88 yards.

Senior running back Shawn Jackson of Comstock Park (Comstock Park) HS rushed for 99 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries. He moved into fifth place all-time at Hope by reaching 2,372 career rushing yards.

Junior defensive back Kirby Crook of Beech Grove, Ind. (Beech Grove HS) topped Hope with 10 tackles, including eight unassisted.