On a sunny and crisp Saturday afternoon at Scotland Yard, the Scots Men's Soccer team hosted Olivet College and dropped a tough 3-1 decision to the Comets. Alma is now 3-9-1 in the MIAA and 7-11-1 overall, while Olivet improved to 15-3-1 in 2012 and 10-3 in the league.
"We showed great heart today after a very tough double overtime loss at Trine," remarked Alma Head Coach Josh Oakley. "We jumped out to an early lead once again, and I believe that when we grow up a little bit, we will not only get those leads, but we will keep them.
"This group of players give a great effort every time and I have 95% of them for two or three more years more. We want to finish this season on a high note as we build for the future and what better team to welcome in on Tuesday than our conference champ Calvin."
The Scots got on the board first when Fr. F Zach Vandeveer (Elk Rapids, Mich./Elk Rapids) scored at 14:12 on a helper from Fr. M Chad Buitentiuis (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) for a 1-0 lead. That would be the halftime score as the home team did a nice job of keeping a talented Comets squad off the board.
However, just five minutes into the second half, Olivet scored the tying goal when John Leutzinger knocked in a shot from the middle of the 18, making it a 1-1 game. The Comets added two more goals at 57:32 and 62:47 and kept Alma at bay and were able to walk off the pitch with the hard-fought 3-1 win over the Scots.
The Comets outshot Alma by a margin of 23-11, including 10-6 in shots on goal in the win. So. GK Brett Galloway (Clinton Township, Mich./Chippewa Valley) had seven saves for the Scots, while Vandeveer led the team with shots offensively, including two on net.
Alma concludes their 2012 season on Tuesday afternoon when they host Calvin College at Scotland Yard. Start time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.