Junior Paddy Hoepp tallied five points in Tuesday's game versus St. Francis (IL)
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,
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.