BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — With one final game remaining before
conference play, the Olivet Nazarene University men's soccer team had their
toughest challenge of 2013 on Saturday, September 21. The No. 7 Grand View University (Iowa) Vikings
visited campus for a weekend afternoon contest, and with them an undefeated
record and a host of solid wins already this season.
However, the experienced Tigers handed the Vikings their
first loss of the season, 3-2, after Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) scored
with less than eight minutes remaining to give ONU the lead they needed to win.
Olivet (3-2-1) was ready as they scored only four minutes
and 50 seconds into the game. Senior Michael Da Silva (Brampton, Ontario,
Canada) found the net after Robby Gunderson (Downers Grove, Ill.) delivered a
nice pass across the 18. However, the Vikings (7-1) responded only four minutes
later when David Macisicza scored to tie the game. He was assisted by Aaron
The first half remained tied as each defense controlled the
tempo and held the other team in check. The second half started as the first
ended; but within the 60th minute, Da Silva headed in his fourth goal of the
season after Paddy Hoepp crossed it in to take the lead. ONU tried their best
to keep the lead until an unintentional foul in the box gave Grand View a
penalty kick, and Jonny Macadam tied the game.
Both teams began to scramble to find the winning goal, but
the home team did it first as Hoepp scored point blank after Aaron Chatfield
(Petoskey, Mich.) and Miguel Fierro (Urbana, Ill.) found a way to get it
through the box.
Sophomore goalkeeper Zach Chambers (Flanders, N.J.) recorded
three saves in the biggest win of the Tigers' season thus far. Neither team
dominated in the shot column as ONU had nine to Grand View's eight.The game was
very physical, especially down the stretch, with the Vikings recording 13 and the
Tigers with 12.
ONU will be back in action on Tuesday, September 24, on the
road against CCAC opponent Holy Cross College (Ind.) at 4 p.m. (EST).