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2013-09-02 ONU battles UNOH to 1-1 tie on Game of the Week
Richard Paret 2013 (1)

Sophomore Richard Paret gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with an assist in the 78th minute

ONU battles UNOH to 1-1 tie for National Game of the Week

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Monday, September 02, 2013 at 8:39 PM

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 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 column.

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.