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2013-11-05 ONU crushes St. Francis (IL) 6-0, prepares for postseason
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Junior Paddy Hoepp tallied five points in Tuesday's game versus St. Francis (IL)

ONU crushes St. Francis (Ill.) 6-0, prepares for postseason

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Wednesday, November 06, 2013 at 9:21 AM

JOLIET, Ill. — In the final regular season game of the year, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team took it to the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Fighting Saints, winning 6-0 — their largest goal output of the season. Five different Tigers scored against the Saints as Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) tallied five points in ONU’s 12th win of the season.

Currently holding the second most points in the CCAC standings after defeating St. Francis (Ill.) (2-14, 1-10), the Tigers (12-5-1, 8-3) came into the game knowing they needed to win in order to position themselves for the postseason tournament.

ONU started quickly against the Saints on Tuesday night when Paddy Hoepp cashed in his sixth goal of the year on a penalty kick in the 16th minute. Six minutes later, Hoepp aided in Robby Gunderson’s (Downers Grove, Ill.) fourth goal of the season to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. At that point, the Saints did not have an answer for the Tiger offense as junior Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) got in the action, scoring for the fourth time this season. He scored off a free kick following a foul by the Saints.

Leading 3-0 only 25 minutes into the game, the Tigers were clicking. They would continue to do damage to the scoreboard, putting a fourth ball in the net. Freshman Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.) was assisted by Gill. In the 40th minute, defender Kyle Reopelle (Elgin, Ill.) scored his first goal of the season to put the Tigers up 5-0. ONU went into the half on cruise control, dominating in all fashions and allowing only two shots. In the second half, Paddy Hoepp tacked on a sixth goal in the 73rd minute, assisted by Keefer Whaley (Conifer, Colo.). 

The Tigers' six goals are the most in a game since Sept. 8, 2007, when Olivet defeated William Penn University (Iowa) 8-1. Josh Ayers, now assistant coach, scored in that game. 

The Tigers dominated in the shot column, 20 to seven, and put 10 on goal.

Sophomore goalkeeper Zach Chambers (Flanders, N.J.) recorded six saves and his sixth shutout of the season. He currently has a 0.93 goals against average, the second best mark in the CCAC.

ONU will begin postseason action on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m. in the quarterfinal round of the CCAC Tournament.