BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The Tigers finished regular season looking to win its fifth straight game, but it wouldn’t come easy. The Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team hosted the always feisty St. Xavier University (Ill.) on Saturday, October 27. The Tigers and Cougars went into overtime, and with only one second remaining ONU was able to win the game 1-0 on a penalty kick. The win gives the Tiger allows Olivet to host a quarterfinal game in next week’s conference tournament.
On the first real cold night of the season, Olivet (11-4-3, 7-2-2) and St. Xavier (12-5-1, 8-2-1) lived up to their billing. Every year these two teams play a very physical game and both defenses never give up anything easy. On the final night of the regular season, the game went into overtime.
The game saw a total of 24 fouls and eight penalties recorded but no goals until the last second of the game when the Cougars committed a hand ball inside the 18, giving the Tigers a penalty kick to win the game. Sophomore Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) was able to convert his sixth goal of the year and give ONU the win.
In a defensive game, the Tigers won in the shot column nine to seven. Freshman goalkeeper Zach Chambers (Flanders, N.J.) recorded his third shutout with five saves in his seventh win in goal.
The Tigers begin postseason play in the CCAC Tournament at home in quarterfinal play on Saturday, Nov. 3.