On a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon, the Alma College Men's Soccer team hosted Hanover University in the first game of the 2012 Alma-Olivet Tournament. The Scots lost a tough 3-2 game to the Panthers to fall to 4-2 on the season, while Hanover is now 2-2-2-. Alma will concluded the tournament on Sunday afternoon when they host the University of Michigan Dearborn at 2:30 at Scotland Yard.
"We had a great start to the game, but we talked as a team over the last three days about how emotion can only take you so far," said Alma Coach Josh Oakley. "Great teams play with heart and plenty of brains. We did not play with our brains today. We earned our two goals and gave our opponent their three by committing fouls when we didn't have to and by not clearing balls. Hanover made us pay for our mistakes."
It was a game of two very distinct halves as all five goals were scored in the first 45 minutes and none in the final 45. Just 32 seconds into the game, the Scots took a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by Fr. M Matt Sovis (Williamston, Mich./Williamston) but the Panthers tied it quickly with a goal by John Wittich at 3:39.
Wittich made it 2-1 on a penalty kick at 21:47 and Hanover took a 3-1 advantage on goal by Drew Servais at 33:18. Less than three minutes later, So. D/M Joonas Kotka (Tallinn, Estonia) scored his first goal of the season to cut the deficit to 3-2 at 38:16. However, that would be the end of scoring on the afternoon.
Each team had opportunities to score in the second half but could not find the back of the net. The Scots had three shots on goal, while the Panthers had four in the final 45 minutes and the teams finished with nine and eight shots on goal respectively.