On Tuesday afternoon, the Scots' Men's Soccer team hit the road to take on #7 Olivet College in an MIAA tilt and dropped a 3-0 decision to a very talented Comets squad. Alma is now 5-6-1 in 2012 and 1-4-1 in the MIAA, while Olivet improved to 11-0-1 overall and 6-0 in the league with the win.
"We did not come to play today at all and we have been battling mentality based issues for two weeks now," remarked Scots Head Coach Josh Oakley. "It started with scoring early in games and then going into a shell and it has morphed into an overall lack of confidence. It was there for us today if we brought our A game. But, we brought our D game and you can't do that against anyone in the MIAA, let alone the top team. We have to look deep within ourselves and bring out the best stuff. The good thing is that this very team has played well and won games this year, so they know what it takes. The question remains, will we do the things required to get back there."
The Comets took a 1-0 lead at 21:50 and then added an unassisted tally at 31:03 to take a 2-0 advantage into halftime. The third and final goal of the game came at 69:14 when a ball off of a free kick hit an Alma player into the net for the 3-0 Olivet lead.
For the game, Olivet outshot the Scots by a margin of 20-9 overall and 8-4 in shots on goal. Alma did record three of their shots on net in the second half as they tried to mount a comeback.
Four players had shots on goal for the Scosts on the afternoon - Fr. F Zach Vandeveer (Elk Rapids, Mich./Elk Rapids), So. M/F Michael Smith (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel), Fr. M Connor Pace (Williamston, Mich./Williamston) and Fr. M Julian Birge (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing).
Jr. GK Graham Wallace (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) recorded five saves in the losing effort against the Comets.
Alma continues the season on Saturday when travel to Grand Rapids to take on Calvin College beginning at 2:30 p.m.