BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Following a 4-0 shutout victory on Saturday night, the Tigers faced their toughest test since earlier in the season when the No. 25-ranked Robert Morris came to town on Wednesday, October 17. Through a constant downpour, ONU was able to grab an earlier 2-0 lead and was able to hold on to winning 3-1 over the Eagles.
The entirety of the game was played tough and with a total of 29 fouls called and two cards handed out, the Tigers (8-4-3, 4-2-2) took advantage scoring only 10 minutes into the game. Junior Michael Da Silva (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) scored his eighth goal of the year off a shot outside the 18.
Nine minutes later sophomore Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) converted a penalty kick for the Tigers after the Eagles were called for a foul in the box. Hoepp now has four goals this season. In the 31st minute The Eagles were able to respond with a penalty kick of their own when Gordy Gurson to make the score 2-1.
The game remained 2-1 for the next 46 minutes as the rain continued to fall, but in the 77th minute Da Silva was able to find the back of the net for his fifth goal in the last three games and ninth of the year. He is now fifth in the CCAC for goals scored. He was assisted by Yonda Abogunrin (Vernon Hills, Ill.). The Tigers held on defensively to maintain the 3-1 lead.
In an already sloppy game, ONU finished with nine shots compared to the Eagles’ five. Freshman goalkeeper Zach Chambers (Flanders, N.J.) started his 11th game and had two saves in his fifth win in goal.
Olivet will be back in conference action Saturday, October 20 on the road to play Trinity International University (Ill.) at 2 p.m.