BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — For the eighth time in nine games, the ONU
men’s soccer team came away victorious. On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Tigers traveled
to Toyota Park to play CCAC opponent Roosevelt University (Ill.) and defeated
the Lakers 4-1. Junior Tyler Gill
(Plainfield, Ill.) scored the first and last goals for Olivet, giving him
three for the season. ONU is now in second place in the conference standings,
only two points shy of first.
Early in the game, neither team could gain a stronghold by
scoring the first goal as both defenses kept the nets empty. In the 29th
minute, however, Roosevelt (11-4-1, 6-3) was called for a foul, giving ONU (11-4-1, 7-2) a
free kick. Michael Da Silva (Brampton,
Ontario, Canada) took the free kick and found Tyler Gill on the back post
for a header.
ONU was able to manage only one goal in the first half as
the Laker defense remained steady, keeping the score at 1-0. The Olivet defense
continued to play as well as they have all year, giving up only four shots on
goal the entire game. In the second half, the Tigers didn’t waste any time. They
scored their second goal on a penalty kick in the 52nd minute. Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany)
converted his fifth goal. However, only four minutes later, the Lakers made it a
game, staying within one goal when Danny Rozen scored off a great pass from Joao
With the score at 2-1 and the Tiger defense trying to keep
the lead, the offense took it upon themselves to put the game out of reach. With
only six minutes remaining, the Tigers scored twice. Freshman Miguel Fierro (Urbana, Ill.) scored his
fifth goal. He was assisted by Robby
Gunderson (Downers Grove, Ill.) and Todd
Bevan (Schererville, Ind.). Again in the 87th minute, Tyler Gill scored his
third goal of the year. Da Silva provided his seventh assist of the year, setting
up a second header for Gill.
The Tigers won in the shot column for the fourth straight
game, outshooting the Lakers 13-9 with eight on goal. This was also one of the more
physical games the Tigers have played all year with 28 fouls called and four
cards handed out.
Sophomore goalkeeper Zach
Chambers (Flanders, N.J.) recorded three saves in his 10th win in goal this
year. The Laker goalie, Jake Cigelnik, had four saves.
ONU will be back on the pitch for their final regular season
home game on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. against CCAC opponent Robert Morris