On a Tuesday afternoon that saw rain, sleet and wind due to Hurricane Sandy, the Alma College Men's Soccer team hosted MIAA Champion Calvin College at Scotland Yard. Despite the dreary conditions, the Scots played an inspired game but lost a 2-1 decision to the Knights.
With the loss, Alma finished the 2012 season with an overall record of 7-12-1 and 3-10-1 in the league, while the Knights concluded the regular season with a MIAA mark of 12-1-1 and is now 14-3-1 overall heading into the league tournament.
"We had to defend against the clear conference champ and a very big wind in the first half which made things very difficult," said Alma Head Coach Josh Oakley. "In the second half, we had Calvin on their heals for long periods of time as we played some really good stuff. I think this game really sums up our season, as at times we can have lulls that are typical of a young squad.
"In the end, we won more games than any other Alma team in the past nine seasons. We graduate three seniors who I am very fond of and will return 34 players. Then next year, we will have just two seniors. I end this season very proud of this team."
Calvin scored both first half goals to take a 2-0 advantage, scoring at the 10:17 and 30:04 mark, both on headers off of crosses. The Knights took that two goal lead into halftime and looked to have control of the game.
However, the second half was a different story. The Scots kept the Knights on their heals for most of the final 45 minutes and had several good scoring chances that could have tied the contest.
Both teams had 16 shots during the game, with Calvin having seven shots on goal to Alma's six. In the second half, the Scots outshot the visitors by a mark of 12-3, including 5-0 in shots on goal.
Fr. M Connor Pace (Williamston, Mich./Williamston) led Alma with two shots on net out of his three total. Jr. GK Graham Wallace (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) had five saves in net for the Scots on the afternoon.