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2013-08-31 No. 25 ONU puts away St. Ambrose 4-1 in season opener
Michael Da Silva 2013 (1)

Senior Michael Da Silva scored a goal as the Tigers beat St. Ambrose 4-1 on Saturday

No. 25 ONU puts away St. Ambrose 4-1 in season opener

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 10:41 PM

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Head Coach David Blahnik and No. 25 ranked Olivet Nazarene University men's soccer began the 2013 campaign with a 4-1 home win over St. Ambrose University (Iowa) on Saturday, August 31. ONU got the help needed from a few new faces in order to put away the Fighting Bees early.

After only 39 minutes, the Tigers (1-0) led 3-0 when freshman Miguel Fierro (Urbana, Ill.) scored his second goal of the night off an assist from freshman Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.). Todd Bevan (Schererville, Ind.) scored first for the home team in the 14th minute, and the Tigers never looked back, leading the entire game. He also chipped in with an assist on the second goal of the night.

In the second half, Sam Heath gave the Bees (1-1) their first goal in the 53rd minute off an assist from James Trevor. However, the ONU defense kept the score at 3-1 until the 90th minute when senior Michael Da Silva (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) scored off a pass from Robby Gunderson (Downers Grove, Ill.), his second of the night.

In an offensive game for the Tigers, ONU won big in the shot column, 14-4, with half on goal for the Tigers. Sophomore goalkeeper Zach Chambers (Flanders, N.J.) recorded two saves as the Tiger defense controlled the game all 90 minutes.

The Tigers continue play on Monday, September 2, against the University of Northwestern Ohio at 5 p.m. The game is the Tourbeau National Game of the Week and will be broadcast on http://www.nscaatv.com/.

Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/soccer/men/games/2013/onums01.htm