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2013-11-13 Tigers earn way to second straight CCAC title game with 5-1 win over St. Xavier
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Senior Robby Gunderson scored twice against St. Xavier in Wednesday night's CCAC Semifinal game

Tigers earn way to second straight CCAC title game with 5-1 win over St. Xavier

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:18 AM

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — In only his second season as the head coach of the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team, David Blahnik has led his team to the CCAC Tournament Championship game for the second straight season. The Tigers defeated conference rival St. Xavier University (Ill.) 5-1 on a cold Wednesday night, Nov. 13, in the semifinal round of the postseason tourney.

Early in the game, the Tigers (14-5-1) took control when freshman Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.) scored in the fifth minute, his fifth of the season. Elliot Totsch (Oswego, Ill.) assisted on the goal. However, only six minutes later, the Cougars (7-10-2) tied the game off the foot of Roger Ciszewski. Marco Gutierrez helped on the game-tying goal.

With the game at 1-1 and the title game on the line, the Tigers decided to put the game out of reach. Senior Robby Gunderson (Downers Grove, Ill.) scored an unassisted goal in the 19th minute, his sixth of the year, and scored his seventh of the year in the 30th minute to put the home team up 3-1. Michael Da Silva (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) and Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) aided on the Tigers’ third goal, and it was Da Silva’s team-leading ninth assist.

Leading by two goals at the break, the conference leading defense took over, preventing St. Xavier from any good looks the entire half. At the same time, ONU was able to stretch their lead when Da Silva added two unassisted goals of his own, the first in the 71st minute and the second in the 89th minute. He is now sixth in the CCAC in points scored with 25. Olivet’s had their second best goal output this season with five goals.

The Tigers dominated in the shot column, 19 to five, and put 10 on goal. It was also a very physical game with 35 fouls called between the two teams.

Sophomore goalkeeper Zach Chambers (Flanders, N.J.) recorded three saves in his 13th win of the season. He currently has a 0.94 goals against average, the top best mark in the CCAC.

ONU will play for the CCAC Tournament Championship Saturday, Nov. 16, against Holy Cross College (Ind.)