On a warm and comfortable Sunday afternoon, the Alma College Men's Soccer team defeated UM-Dearborn, 2-0, in the second game of the weekend Alma-Olivet Tournament. The Scots, after losing to Hanover on Saturday, improved to 5-2 on the season, while the Wolves are now 0-3 in 2012.
"We continue to score goals we need them, which is a credit to the players that we brought in to do that job," said Scots Head Coach Josh Oakley. "We just weren't sharp all weekend, and it showed. We got through it and we really need to refocus as we jump back into conference play. Finally getting into a routine will no doubt help, but also getting a real training session in this week is important to eliminate some nasty habits that develop due to the lack of group training."
For the second day in a row, the Scots got on the board first, this time when So. F Trae Pitts (N. Muskegon, Mich./N. Muskegon) scored a goal at 17:32 on an assist from Fr. F Zach Vandeveer (Elk Rapids, Mich./Elk Rapids). Alma took the decisive 2-0 lead at 31:16 when Fr. M Matt Sovis (Williamston, Mich./Williamston) hit the back of the net with a helper from Sr. M/D Matt Kuberski (Port Huron, Mich./Port Huron).
The Scots would make those two goals hold up for the victory as the two teams played a scoreless second half that saw few good scoring chances. For the game, Alma outshot UM-Dearborn by a margin of 24-12, including 13-7 in shots on goal. So. GK Brett Galloway (Clinton Township, Mich./Chippewa Valley), seeing his first action of the 2012 season, had seven saves in net and earned the solid victory for the Scots.
Sr. M Ryan Kovach (Port Huron, Mich./Port Huron) paced Alma with three shots on goal, while Pitts and Vandeveer each notched two on the net. With today's win, the Scots have now won as many games this season, five, as they did all of 2011 - another sign of the successful rebuilding of the program under Oakley.
Alma continues MIAA play on Tuesday afternoon, when they host Hope College at Scotland Yard. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.