By Andrew Kriz & Rachel Kearney
The 2011 campaign has come to an end for men’s soccer.
The Tigers defeated Illinois Institute of Technology in the opening round of the CCAC tournament on Nov. 5, before falling to St. Xavier University (Ill.) on
Nov. 9, in the semi-final. They finished with a final record of 8-10-1.
The first round was not without controversy as the Tigers were originally given a No. 6 seed and set to play at IIT. But it was discovered that IIT had used an ineligible player when they faced Olivet earlier in the season and were forced to forfeit that game, giving Olivet the No. 3 seed and home field advantage.
On the road against St. Xavier in the semifinals, Olivet fell 3-0.
CCAC freshman of the Year Patrick Hoepp played perhaps the largest role in the men’s playoff run this season.
Hoepp, a midfielder from Frankfurt, Germany, provided plenty of energy and points for the Tigers, scoring two assists in the CCAC Tournament
Quarterfinals and recording four shots on goal in the semifinal round.
During the regular season, Hoepp tallied 10 goals and five assists, leading the team in both categories. He was joined on the CCAC All-Conference Second
Team by sophomore defender Yonda Abogunrin.
Despite Hoepp and Abogunrin’s performances, the Tigers still found themselves disappointed with how the season turned out.
The team started out 0-1-7 before they headed into conference. One of those losses included a 0-1 score against Hastings College (Neb.), who was ranked first in the NAIA at the time.
But the team turned their season around as they entered conference play, winning eight of their final 12 games.
For Olivet’s lone senior, though his career is over, the season was not a total loss.
“We had guys grow up during the season,” forward Joel Kline said. “We showed character as a team in not giving up and playing hard.”