Angola, Ind. - The Alma College men's soccer team fell 2-1 in a tight matchup with the Trine University Thunder in the first round of the Michigan Intercollegiate postseason on Saturday (Oct. 27). The Scots have been eliminated from the postseason with the loss.
Nick Stander (Macomb Twp. Mich. / Dakota) scored the only goal for the Scots (5-11, 2-5 MIAA) to tie the game at one just before the half. Garrison Mast (Grand Haven, Mich. / Grand Haven) made 10 saves in the game.
Trine's Nooh Aljabaly, the conference's leading scorer, had both goals for the Thunder (3-3-1, 5-2 MIAA), including the game-winning penalty kick in the 82nd minute.
How It Happened
- Alma came out of the gate hot, taking four shots and three corner kicks in the first ten minutes of action.
- Aljabaly scored the game's first goal in the 14th minute, splitting three Alma defenders before shooting past Mast.
- In the 43rd minute, Alma broke through with the tying goal from Stander. Sam Swem (Buchanan, Mich. / Buchanan) sent a cross into the box that Stander got his head on for his second-career goal.
- Alma was called for a foul in the box in the 82nd minute. Aljabaly put away the ensuing penalty kick to give Trine a 2-1 lead with eight minutes remaining. The Scots did not get a shot off in that time.
- Garrison Mast has made double-digit saves in each of his last two games (both against Trine) and three in his last four games.
- Nick Stander's goal was the second of the season and his first since Sept. 2 at Millikin.
- Sam Swem's assist on Stander's goal was the first of his career.
- The Scots took 11 shots, nine of them on goal.
- Each team had four corner kicks in the game; all of Alma's came in the first half.
- Four yellow cards were given out, two to each team. Brian Ganton (Williamston, Mich. / Williamston) and Hebren Hein (Jackson, Mich. / Jackson) were the recipients for Alma.
What He Said
"I'm so proud of my team. Today we were beaten by the cruelest of decisions - circumstances far out of our control. It's such a shame our six seniors have to finish their careers like this. But their careers at Alma cannot be tainted by this, they've had a great run here.
Alma soccer had a huge victory today. Our guys played their butts off in the midst of again missing some of our best players to injury. We worked for each other, guys followed the game plan, and we had a lot of fun in an ultra-competitive playoff environment."
- Head Coach Josh Oakley