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2013-10-02 ONU defense fends off Purdue-Calumet late attack, tallies CCAC win 2-1
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Paddy Hoepp's penalty kick gave ONU a 2-0 lead on Wednesday night

ONU defense fends off Purdue-Calumet late attack, tallies CCAC win 2-1

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 at 9:08 PM

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — An early second half penalty, kick scored by junior Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany), seemed to give the ONU men’s soccer team the momentum to close out CCAC opponent Purdue University-Calumet on Wednesday night, October 2. However, the Tigers had to continue to fight off the Peregrines as they made it a game the remaining 42 minutes of the half. Olivet finished off the native Northwest Indiana birds by a score of 2-1.

Only 18 minutes into the game, Elliot Totsch (Oswego, Ill.) finally finished off a first goal for the Tigers (5-3-1, 2-1), giving them an early lead. They had a few early chances that looked just as good as the one that gave them the lead. Robby Gunderson (Downers Grove, Ill.) gave Totsch his fourth assist of the year on the goal. Neither team was able to convert the rest of the half as the physicality of the game took over and the defenses prevented chances at the net.

As soon as the second half started, ONU was fouled by Victor Garcia. Hoepp was given a penalty kick and a chance at a 2-0 lead. He scored, and the Peregrines (5-3-2, 1-2-1) were behind by two, but they would continue to play a physical and tough match. They eventually scored in the 75th minute off the foot of Tom Hardy, and Christopher Delapaz assisted. Over the next 25 minutes, the Peregrines continued to put pressure on the ONU defense, almost scoring on a few occasions. However, the resilient Olivet defense prevailed.

The game was the most physical with regard to fouls and cards called. ONU had 18 fouls and one card, and the Peregrines had 22 fouls and four cards.

Sophomore goalkeeper Zach Chambers (Flanders, N.J.) recorded three saves, his season average. Both teams combined for only 14 shots, ONU with eight and Purdue-Calumet with six.

ONU will be back in action on the road on Saturday, October 5, at 4 p.m. against CCAC opponent Trinity International University (Ill.).

Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/soccer/men/games/2013/onums09.htm