Sophomore Richard Paret gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with an assist in the 78th minute
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Following an opening 4-1 win on
Saturday, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team was ready for a much
stronger opponent in the University of Northwestern Ohio on Monday, September 3. The Racers had two
solid wins under the belt, and were young and hungry for a third straight win.
This game was televised as Tourbeau’s NSCAATV.com National Game of the Week, and it lived up to its name.
The first half could have been given to the Racers (2-0-1)
early on if possession time was kept, but ONU (1-0-1) had more chances after 45
minutes played (4-1). Neither team scored as each defense remained steady.
However, the second half was different, In the 78th minute, the ONU attack become too much for the Racers. Sophomore Richard Paret (West Chicago, Ill.) played a ball in from the deep
corner, and freshman Aaron Chatfield
(Petoskey, Mich.) scored on a diving header into the near side net to give
the Tigers the much anticipated 1-0 lead. Only 10 minutes later, an injury to the
Tigers forced a substitution. A handball in the box gave UNOH a penalty kick
that Tendai Jirira converted with only four minutes remaining.
Both overtimes allowed for each team to look for chances, but
only two shots were available for each team. Neither team could cash in with
a game winner.
The game was very physical, resulting in 38 total
fouls and four yellow cards (20, ONU and 18, UNOH). Just as in Saturday’s game, ONU
won big in the shot column, 12-6, but was unable to capitalize in the goal
Sophomore goalkeeper Zach
Chambers (Flanders, N.J.) recorded two saves, as he kept the Racers' goal
total at one by making a few nice plays throughout the night.
The Tigers continue play on Friday, September 6, against the
Indiana Institute of Technology at 7 p.m.