Senior Robby Gunderson scored the game-winning goal in the 49th minute on Saturday
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Head Coach David Blahnik and the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team
need three wins to advance to their second straight NAIA National Tournament. But before they can advance, the Calumet
College of St. Joseph (Ind.) Crimson Wave stood in their way. After giving up a
goal in the first 20 minutes, the Tigers turned up the defense and shut out the
visitors en route to a 2-1 win.
The Tigers entered the CCAC postseason tournament as the No.
2 seed with Calumet-St. Joseph as the No. 7 seed. In the team’s earlier meeting,
the Tigers won 3-1 on Oct. 19.
The Tiger defense had only yielded 17 goals in 18 games
prior to Saturday's match. The Tigers broke down in the 19th minute, allowing Felipe Garcia Da Silva
to take a shot in the front of the goal and put the Crimson Wave (9-10) in
front 1-0. Joshua Crague gave him the assist. The Tigers trailed for the next
17 minutes, even though they controlled the time of possession, and had many
opportunities. A few balls found their way across the 18’ box but without a
foot to put them in the goal.
Not until the 36th minute did Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) put in the equalizer when Michael Da Silva (Brampton, Ontario,
Canada) played a beautiful corner kick into the box. Gill headed in the
goal past Fernando Perez. It was his fifth goal of the season, all in the last
five games, and Da Silva’s eighth assist.
In the second half, the Tigers quickly took the lead — one they would never give up. Robby Gunderson (Downers Grove, Ill.) scored his fifth goal of the
year on an advantage play in the 49th minute. He was assisted by Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany), his third of the year.
The Tigers dominated in the shot column, 19 to eight, and
put six on goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Zach
Chambers (Flanders, N.J.) recorded four saves in his 12th win of the season.
He currently has a 0.94 goals against average, the second best mark in the
ONU will continue postseason play on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7
p.m. in the semifinal round of the CCAC Tournament against St. Xavier