BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — After a quick glance at the final
statistics, anyone might guess the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team
took an early season game from the Indiana Tech Warriors. However, the Tigers
failed to cash in on seven shots on goal (17 total) compared to only six total
for the Warriors. Also, ONU had 13 chances at corner kicks compared to only two
for the visiting team.
The first 37 minutes of the first half were played in the
Tigers' (1-1-1) favor as ONU controlled the ball. But in the 38th
minute, the Warriors’ (3-0) Zachary St. Aubin took advantage of an error by
rookie Tiger goalkeeper Kevin Stuitje (Lockport,
N.Y.), lobbing it over his head to take a 1-0 lead.
However, the Tigers came out quickly in the second half and
tied the game 1-1 when freshman Aaron
Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.) laid a pass off to Michael Da Silva (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) for the equalizer.
Twenty minutes passed, and neither team had found a way to
take control as the game was played fairly clean with only 12 total fouls
called. Then with 22 minutes left on the clock, St. Aubin connected again to
give Indiana Tech the 2-1 lead. Robbie Kiernan helped with the assist.
Olivet gave a valiant effort and put up a few solid chances
at goal but failed to tie the game a second time.
Freshman goalkeeper Kevin Stuitje recorded only two saves
but let two goals by as well in his first career start. The Warriors' goalkeeper
Reece Richardson played a nice game finishing with six saves.
ONU is back in action on Wednesday, September 11, at Ashford
University (Iowa) at 7 p.m.