September 29, 2012

Alma Men's Soccer ties visiting Trine University, 0-0, in two overtimes

The Scots Men's Soccer team entered Saturday's league game against Trine University looking to snap a three-game losing streak. Even though there was not a winner, Alma walked off the pitch with a well-earned 0-0 two overtime tie and now have an overall record of 5-5-1 and 1-3-1 in the MIAA. The Thunder left town with a season mark of 4-5-1 and 2-2-1 in the MIAA.

"I think the team woke up this week after our last two performances lacked bite, and most of all technical precision," said Alma Head Coach Josh Oakley. "We worked hard the last three days on our first touch and quality of passing. This was a better effort in terms of passing the ball and creating chances. Obviously what was lacking was the finishing element. These players realize the responsibility for putting the final touch away lies squarely on them. In training, I'm certain they will make the most of every single rep from now until the end of the season.

"I still think we have some players that are still learning how much it takes to win in the MIAA. It takes a focus unlike what they are used to in club, and an ability to do it when fatigued and under pressure. Overall, the result is what it is today and we are eager to play Tuesday."

For the game, Alma had 20 total shots to Trine's 12, including a seven to six edge in shots on goal. The Scots had three shots on goal alone in the second overtime as the home team kept the pressure on the Thunder in an attempt to get the win.

Fr. M Matt Sovis (Williamston, Mich./Williamston) had three of his four shots end up on goal to pace the Scots, while four other players each notched one shot on goal on the afternoon. Jr. GK Graham Wallace (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) had six saves to earn the shutout for the home team.

Alma will next play at Olivet College on Tuesday afternoon, beginning at 4:00 p.m.