2019 Hope College Men's Soccer Preview Take a Look at the Upcoming Season

Pictured Above: Hope midfielder Isaac Braak dribbles through defenders.

2019 At A Glance

  • Roster Size: 27
  • Returners: 18
  • Captains: Isaac Braak, Logan Bylsma, Blair McCormick
  • 2019 MIAA Preseason Poll: Second
  • 2018 Regular-Season Recap: In David Brandt’s first season as head coach, the Flying Dutchmen posted a 14-3-1 overall record and finished with a 4-2-1 MIAA record for fourth place. Hope opened the season on a seven-game win streak and finished with the highest number of victories since a 17-win campaign during the 2013 season. The Flying Dutchmen also doubled their win total from the previous season.
  • 2018 MIAA Tournament Recap: The fourth-seeded Flying Dutchmen defeated Kalamazoo College, 3-0, in a first-round game at Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Senior Ben Hagman scored twice against the Hornets. Hope fell to top-seeded Calvin College, 5-0, in the semifinals.

Pictured: Goalie Blair McCormick clears the ball.

"It was a big offseason of investment and increased understanding of how we want to play. The spirit and buy-in and the understanding is at a much deeper level, but it’s young group. We lost a really big group of seniors. They were a good group. They were looking for a little redemption, and they provided some meaningful leadership. Those guys are gone. Finding new leadership is a challenge." — Head Coach Dave Brandt

Pictured above: Logan Bylsma makes a move on a defender.

2019 Roster

The Flying Dutchmen’s roster consists of five seniors, four juniors, nine sophomores and nine freshmen. Ten of the newcomers, including one transfer, hail from three states — Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

2019 Men's Soccer Team
"On the broader scale, we're pushing a certain wheel, philosophy, a way to do things both on and off the field. We are going to measure success that way now and in the future." — Coach Dave Brandt
Junior Jack Elwell

Key Returners

  • Senior Isaac Braak is a returning United Soccer Coaches All-Region and All-MIAA First Team midfielder for the Flying Dutchmen. He topped the Flying Dutchmen with seven assists last season while also scoring seven goals. Both assist and goal totals were career-highs.
  • Senior forward Logan Bylsma is coming off a career-high, 14-goal season in 2018 that led the Flying Dutchmen. He placed fifth in the MIAA for goal scoring. He was named a Google Cloud NCAA Division III Second Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
  • Senior goalie Blair McCormick started 18 games and registered all 14 wins last season. He finished with a 1.11 goals against average. He made 56 saves with a .757 save percentage.
  • Sophomore midfielder Ryan Flynn tied Isaac Braak for fourth on the team in goal-scoring with five. Flynn also collected two assists.
  • Senior defender Jordan Hooker changes positions after playing at forward last season. He totaled two goals and five assists.
  • Senior defender Dalton Bruso and junior defender Connor Fowler started on the backline last season for 15 and 12 games, respectively.
  • Junior midfielder Jack Elwell contributed three goals last season after coming off the bench in 17 games.
  • Junior midfielder Ty Dalton made 18 starts last season. He chipped in two goals.
Junior Ty Dalton, pictured left

The Flying Dutchmen open the season on Friday-Saturday, August 30-31 with two nonleague matches in Aurora, Illinois. They face Benedictine University (Ill.) first, then play host Aurora University. Hope’s home opener is Tuesday, September 10 at Van Andel Soccer Stadium against the University of Chicago. The MIAA opener is Tuesday, October 8 at home against Calvin University.

"We're taking that aim to not only do well in MIAA play, but out of conference. All the games at the beginning of our season are very important to me for many reasons — not the least of which is the potential for an at-large bid, which might be important." — Coach Dave Brandt

2019 Coaching Staff

Head Coach Dave Brandt

Dave Brandt, pictured left, begins his second season at the helm of the Hope men’s soccer program. He owns a career coaching record of 260-28-15 record, including last season’s 14-3-1 debut with the Flying Dutchmen. Prior to coming to Hope, Brandt led Messiah College (Penn.) to six NCAA Division III national championships, eight final fours, and a 246-25-14 record over 12 seasons between 1997-2008. He reached to the 200-win mark faster than any other coach in NCAA history — doing so in 2006 in 220 matches over a span of 10 seasons. He was a four-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III National Coach of the Year. At Navy, Brandt guided the Midshipmen to a 64-47-22 record over seven seasons, including a 35-17-8 mark over the final three.

"Playing style, I think it's very similar this year — high pressing, lots of penetration, ball on the ground, passing, a high tempo — just an aggressive attacking mentality. Those are elements that will remain regardless of the playing system." — Coach Dave Brandt
Pictured, left, Dalton Bruso; right, Jordan Hooker

By the Numbers

  • 8. Number of home games in 2019.
  • 11. Number of men’s soccer student-athletes who were named to the MIAA Honor Roll with GPAs of 3.5 or higher.
  • 33. Goal differential in 2018 between the Flying Dutchmen (55) and opponents (22).
  • 60. Years of the Hope men’s soccer program.
  • 582. Number of wins by the Flying Dutchmen since their debut in 1964 — a span of 953 games.

Hope's Home Field Advantage

Senior defender Connor Fowler
Van Andel Soccer Stadium accommodates 1,400 fans in stadium-style and bleacher seating.
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