Men’s soccer team opens MIAA play with 1-1 draw at Kalamazoo

Eli Westers
Eli Westers

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Olivet College men's soccer team opened Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play with a 1-1 double overtime draw against Kalamazoo College tonight under the lights at Mackenzie Field in Kalamazoo.

THE BASICS                                              
Final Score:
Kalamazoo 1, Olivet 1
Location: Mackenzie Field; Kalamazoo, Mich.
Records: Kalamazoo 0-1-3 overall, 0-0-1 MIAA; Olivet 0-5-1 overall, 0-0-1 MIAA

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Olivet took a 1-0 lead when sophomore Eli Westers found the back of the net in the 85th minute. Using his left foot, Westers ripped a shot from the left side and top of the box to the upper 90, off the post and into the goal.
  • The Hornets tied the game with 88 seconds remaining in the second half.

FOR THE COMETS

  • The Comets finished with 14 total shots, placing nine on-goal.
  • Senior Michael Brait topped the team with six shots, including four on-frame. He had Olivet's other best scoring chance. In the 79th minute, Brait took a shot from the left side of the 18-yard box, which the keeper saved with a full-extension dive.
  • Junior Nathan Weeks played all 110 minutes in goal and collected seven saves.

FOR THE HORNETS

  • Cal Kirchen scored Kalamazoo's goal. He also had seven of the Hornets' 20 shots.
  • Griffin Hamel made eight saves in goal.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Tonight's tie is only the second draw in 81 all-time games between the Hornets and Comets. The only other tie was 3-3 on Nov. 3, 1978.

UP NEXT

  • Olivet hosts Albion College Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. The game is a part of a Comet soccer doubleheader, as the Olivet women face Hope College preceding the men's game at noon.