The Alma College Men's Soccer team hosted Kalamazoo College on Saturday in a MIAA contest at Scotland Yard, and took an early 1-0 lead. However, the Hornets scored the next five goals to take the game by a margin of 5-1, dropping Alma to 1-2 in the league and 5-4 overall. Kzoo is now 3-0 in the MIAA and 5-1-1 in 2012.
"To begin with, Kalamazoo has a very solid team and they were the best team we have played so far this season," said Scots Head Coach Josh Oakley. "I think we started great again with the early goal, but our young team must continue to grow and and learn how to manage games. From that point on, we were second to way too many balls and mentally disconnected for large amounts of time in the match. That said, I love my team. They work very hard for me and for each other and I am certain that there is a great deal of success waiting for them this year. We just have to step back and re-evaluate things and get to work making it happen."
Fr. F Zach Vandeveer (Elk Rapids, Mich./Elk Rapids) put Alma ahead 1-0 just 35 seconds into the game on an unassisted goal. However, Kzoo scored at the 11:30 and 22:18 marks to take a 2-1 advantage into half time. The Hornets scored three second half goals - at 59:23, 60:04 and 89:45 - to increase their lead and put the game away, walking off the pitch with the 5-1 league victory.
Vandeveer and So. D/M Joonas Kotka (Tallinn, Estonia) led the team with two shots on goal a piece and Jr. GK Graham Wallace (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) had four saves in net for the Scots.
Alma's next game is Wednesday evening when they play at Adrian College, beginning at 7:00 p.m.