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2013-11-02 Robert Morris steals CCAC win from ONU
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Freshman Aaron Chatfield tied the game in the first half with his second goal of the year on Saturday

Robert Morris steals CCAC win from ONU

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, November 03, 2013 at 7:31 AM

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Head Coach David Blahnik and the ONU men’s soccer team looked to end their final regular season home stand with a win over Robert Morris University (Ill.). The win would have kept the Tigers in the hunt for the CCAC regular season title for the first time in program history. However, the Eagles had other plans, defeating Olivet 2-1 and scoring a late go-ahead goal. The Tigers loss to RMU was the first since the 2006 season.

The outstanding Tiger (11-5-1, 7-3) defense was the first to give up a score, allowing Frane Strmic to score in the 15th minute. John Pachar assisted the Eagles' (7-9, 4-6) goal scorer putting the visitors ahead early. Knowing they needed to keep the pace, the Tigers were able to find an equalizer when freshman Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.) scored unassisted in the 27th minute. It was his second goal of the year.

The remaining minutes of the first half went without much action as only three shots were put on goal. The second half began as the first ended. The defenses and possession dominated play as neither team was able to put much threat on the opposing goal. The first shot on goal of the second half was in the 65th minute by Michael Da Silva (Brampton, Ontario, Canada). 

With only a handful of chances to score in the second half, Robert Morris finally did so in the 84th minute when John Pachar found the net. Rolando Cruz helped in the go-ahead goal. Following the goal, the Tigers managed two shots on goal, but both were saved.

The Tigers lost in the shot column for the first time in five games, outshot by the Eagles 15-13 (SOG, 8-6). This was another physical game for the Tigers, with 25 fouls called and five cards handed out.

Sophomore goalkeeper Zach Chambers (Flanders, N.J.) recorded six saves. The Eagle goalie, Jake Juan Castrejon, had five.

ONU will be back on the pitch for their final regular season game on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. against CCAC opponent University of St. Francis (Ill.).

Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/soccer/men/games/2013/onums17.htm