Alma College's Men's Soccer team played at Trine University on a unusually warm late October afternoon and lost a very tough 3-2 decision in two overtimes. The Scots lost a late lead in the second half and then gave up the game-winning tally about halfway through the second overtime period.
With the loss, the Scots dropped to 3-8-1 in the MIAA and 7-10-1 overall, while the Thunder improved to 5-6-1 in the league and 4-9-1 in 2012.
"A slow start today made way for our team to battle back superbly and after our second goal, which was a beaut, I felt we had the game in our control at that point," said Alma Head Coach Josh Oakley. "Unfortunately, we battled other sorts of elements today, and as usual our guys played throught it.
"No matter who looks at it, or how it is looked at, slowly but surely we are changing the face of this program. Today was a game of two equally matched sides and we came out on the short end of it. We will have our time soon."
The match was competitive throughout and Trine took the early lead at 10:20 when Andre Hilson scored his 10th goal of the season. Alma answered at 25:35 when Fr. M Connor Pace (Wiliamston, Mich./Williamston) scored unassisted and the game would go into halftime tied at 1-1.
The Scots would take a 2-1 advantage at 59:48, when Fr. M Julian Birge (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) scored off of a pass from Fr. M Matt Sovis (Williamston, Mich./Williamston) and knocked in from 20 feet out. However, the Thunder would tie the game at 2-2 when Jordan Diemer knocked in a corner past Alma Jr. GK Graham Wallace (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) at the 73:52 mark.
There was only one shot recorded in the first overtime, by Trine, and both teams played defensively and it resulted in a scoreless ten minutes. The Thunder garnered two shots in the second overtime frame and Hilson's second goal of the contest, off of a corner, ended the match at 104:27 as Trine walked off the pitch with the 3-2 victory.
Wallace finished the afternoon with four saves, and while the Scots recorded six shots on goal in the loss, Trine held the overall shot advantage by a mark of 25-10.
Sovis led the visitors with two shots on goal and had the assist, while four other players had shots on net - Birge, Pace, Fr. F/M Jared Niec (Palatine, Ill./William Fremd) and So. M/F Michael Smith (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel).
With the regular season approaching a close, the Scots will finish with two games at home. On Saturday, Alma will host Olivet College at 2:30 p.m. and then on Tuesday, the Scots will wrap up the campaign with a game against visiting Calvin College at 4:00 p.m. Both matches will be played at Scotland Yard.