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2013-10-12 Yonda scores late to give ONU fifth straight win, Tigers defeat rival St. Xavier 1-0
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Freshman Miguel Fierro assisted on the Tigers goal on Saturday, he is third on the team in points

Yonda scores late to give ONU fifth straight win, Tigers defeat rival St. Xavier 1-0

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 6:58 PM

CHICAGO, Ill. — It took until the 82nd minute for the Tigers to upend CCAC rival St. Xavier University (Ill.) in a Saturday afternoon matinee. Senior Yonda Abogunrin (Vernon Hills, Ill.) waited to score his first goal of the year against the Cougars, and it ended up as a very useful one. The ONU men’s soccer team only needed one goal as they earned their fifth straight win, giving them the outright lead in the conference standings.

Prior to the goal by Yonda, there were only a combined seven shots on goal. Both defenses had their way on the opposing offense. In the 82nd minute, the Tigers had the ball on their half of the field, and freshman Miguel Fierro (Urbana, Ill.) had a throw-in. He was able to connect with Yonda to give the Tigers (8-3-1, 5-1) the eventual game-winner.

St. Xavier (4-7, 4-2) finished the final eight minutes with two different chances to score but were unable to convert to tie the game.

The game was cleanly played with only 18 fouls called and two cards handed out. The shot column was very even as the Cougars had 13 to ONU’s 12.

Sophomore goalkeeper Zach Chambers (Flanders, N.J.) recorded his fifth shutout of the season, third straight and fourth in the last five games. He did so with four saves, bringing his season goals against average to 0.90.

ONU will be back in action at home on Wednesday, October 16, at 6 p.m. against CCAC opponent Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.)