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2013-09-06 Indiana Tech's St. Aubin ruins Tigers' Friday night; ONU falls 2-1
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Aaron Chatfield helped with an assist against Indiana Tech on Friday night

Indiana Tech's St. Aubin ruins Tigers' Friday night; ONU falls 2-1

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Friday, September 06, 2013 at 10:08 PM

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.