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2013-10-19 Tigers finishes off Calumet-St. Joseph with 3-1 decision on Senior Night
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Senior Michael Da Silva scored his team-leading sixth goal on Saturday, he leads the team with 15 points

Tigers finish off Calumet-St. Joseph with 3-1 decision on Senior Night

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 7:13 AM

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Head coach David Blahnik and ONU men’s soccer know that every game until the end of the regular season counts. The Tigers began the evening only one point out of first place in the conference standings. Olivet was able to keep pace with a 3-1 win over Calumet-St. Joseph (Ind.) on senior night on Saturday.

Early in the first half, the Tigers (9-4-1, 6-2) continuously pressed the Crimson Wave (6-7, 3-4) zone, and in the 20th minute, senior Michael Da Silva (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) put ONU up 1-0 with his team-leading sixth goal of the season. He was assisted by Aaron Chatfield’s (Petoskey, Mich.) sixth assist.

Only 15 minutes later at the 34:26 mark, Da Silva added a third point to his game total with an assist to junior Todd Bevan (Schererville, Ind.) for a header. The goal was Bevan’s fourth of the season. With a 2-0 lead the Tigers were not satisfied, scoring once more before the half in the 45th minute, when senior Robby Gunderson (Downers Grove, Ill.) received a cross from Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.). It was Gunderson's third goal and Gill's first assist of the season.

In the second half, Olivet did its best to preserve its seventh shutout of the season, but in the 57th minute Bryan Perez scored off an assist from Joshua Crague. However, the Crimson Wave were only able to score once and the Tiger defense held court the rest of the half.

The game had plenty of shots on both ends, but  the Tigers won in the shot column 20 to 12.

Sophomore goalkeeper Zach Chambers (Flanders, N.J.) recorded three saves in his ninth win this season. Crimson Wave goalkeepers had six saves.

ONU will be back in action at home on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. against CCAC opponent Illinois Institute of Technology.