Thunder Men's Soccer News
11/5 THUNDER GO DOWN FIGHTING IN SEASON FINALE
By Sports Information Student Kory Shackle
ANGOLA, Ind.-The season finale for the Thunder was a nail biter, just like the whole season has been. The Thunder fell to the Hornets of Kalamazoo by a score of 2-1. The loss ends Trine’s season at a record of 3-14-2 overall and 1-12-1 in the MIAA. The win makes Kalamazoo 8-9-1 overall and 6-7-1 in the MIAA. Trine was outshot 25-4 in the game, but the score does not show that. Thunder goalkeeper Chris Stewart (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) had a very busy day, where he managed to produce 11 saves.
The first half was filled with rare action as only 5 shots were produced, all by the Hornets. Trine did not give in to the Hornets, and the first half was played very physical. There were 15 fouls called in the first half alone. (8-Kzoo, 7-Trine)
The second half was filled with a lot of shots, and high intensity between both teams. The Thunder scored in the 59th minute to get on the board first. The chance was created by Daniel Kuehn (Saline, Mich./Saline) as he was able to get behind the defense and make a nice pass to Bill Wilson (Mason, Mich./Mason). Wilson then executed the pass and put it in the back of the net, putting Trine up 1-0. Then in the 69th minute, Kalamazoo’s Roger Darling was able to send a long cross that connected with Kyle Hernandez, where he headed it in. The Thunder would then see the heart-breaking goal go in during the 87th minute. Noah Bushaw of Kalamazoo was able to get it over Chris Stewart and connect on the game winning goal.
The game saw 21 fouls total (Trine-10, Kzoo-11) and four yellow cards.
Men's Soccer: Trine Suffer Close Loss to Britons, 2-0
By Sports Information Student Zach Bigger
ANGOLA, Ind. - In a game in which was incredibly tense following a 8-2 loss to Albion in their last matchup, Albion (7-9, 4-6 MIAA) captialized on two scoring chances from Bobby Budlong and send the Thunder to their 10th loss in their last 11 games. Trine (3-11, 1-10 MIAA) was outshot 17 to 9 in the contest, with only one of the nine on net. Thunder goalkeeper Chris Stewart (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) made eight saves and had a good day at the office, smothering several chances by the Britons that could have put the game way out of reach.
The first half saw the Thunder defense block a shot that would eventually rebound near the front of the net before Trine goalkeeper Chris Stewart made a big time save from point blank range and kept Albion off the board. Eventually, the Thunder defense broke down and Bobby Budlong took a shot from about 10 yards away on the right side of the field, connecting to the lower left hand side of the goal where the save was unable to be made in time.
Albion would pick up another goal thanks to Budlong's talents when he did the exact opposite on his second goal of the day, taking a long lead pass from a teammate and setting up a shot from the left hand side to the lower right side of the goal. The Britons stormed away from the first half with a 2-0 advantage.
Trine struggled to create any high probability scoring chances simply because they struggled to move the ball and could not get deep in enemy territory without turning the ball over. The shots they did take were primarily from 10+ yards out and well guarded by Albion, who managed to hang on to their 2-0 lead and walk away with a hard earned conference victory.
The Thunder's next game on the road against Adrian College on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
10/23 - THUNDER UPSET #17 HOPE AT HOME
By Sports Information Student Assistant Haleigh Daniels
ANGOLA, Ind. - The Trine men’s soccer team received their first MIAA win in upset fashion against #17 ranked Hope 2-0. The Thunder came out from the start wanting to upset the Dutchmen and their play showed it. Although the Thunder were outshot 20-9, the game remained scoreless after the first half. Sophomore goalkeeper Chris Stewart (Rochester Hills, Mich/Rochester) finished with seven saves on the day and no goals allowed.
In the second half, each team continued to take shots at each other but none of them seemed to be successful. In the 67th minute, just seconds after multiple Hope substitutions, Bill Wilson (Mason, Mich./Mason) drives down the field and then taps it to Kenny Rappuhn (Grand Blanc, Mich./Goodrich) as he one touches it passed the Hope goalkeeper for the first goal of the day. This was the first goal scored at home for the Thunder since they played Alma on the 17th of September.
The Thunder weren’t quite finished. With just shy of four minutes left in the game, the Thunder regained possession after a corner kick from Hope’s Jason Muller. Kenny Rappuhn (Grand Blanc, Mich./Goodrich) fights for the air ball and heads it downfield for wide open Bill Wilson (Mason, Mich./Mason) who then took on Hope’s goalkeeper one on one and blasted it into the top right corner for the Thunder’s second goal of the day. The Thunder finished the game with a 2-0 victory over Hope in shutout form.
This is the Thunder’s first conference win bringing them to (3-11, 1-9) overall. The Thunder looks to host Albion on October 26th at 2:30 p.m. for their next conference match-up.
10/9 - Thunder Soccer Falls 1-0 to Comets
By Sports Information Student Assistant Ross Jones
ANGOLA, Ind. - The Trine University men’s soccer team fell to the Comets of Olivet College 1-0 in a very competitive game. The Thunder are now 2-8-1 in the regular season and 0-6 in MIAA play.
The Thunder fought hard but gave up a goal to the Jon Puente in the 75th minute after neither team was able to score in the first half. The Comets goal came off of a quick counter attack that caught the Thunder off-guard.
The Thunder took nine total shots, seven of which came in the second half. Although they had just three shots on goal, the Thunder had a number of opportunities throughout the game to score the equalizer.
Trine junior goalkeeper Chris Stewart (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) made six saves on the day.
The Thunder will be back in action on Oct. 12 as they travel to Kalamazoo for a 2:30 p.m. game.
10/5 - Thunder Fall in Rain Soaked Game on Homecoming
By Sports Information Student Assistant Zach Bigger
ANGOLA, Ind. - The Trine University men’s soccer team suffered its fifth consecutive defeat in conference play as the Thunder put forward a strong effort, but fell 1-0 to Adrian College. Trine was outshot 13-to-7 but matched the Bulldogs (5-4-2, 3-2 MIAA) on shots on goal with three. Sophomore goalkeeper Chris Stewart (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) had two saves, both in the first half for the Thunder. Trine now falls to 2-7-1 overall and 0-5 in MIAA play.
The game was scoreless in the first half in a field position game where neither team could gain the advantage and featured zero combined corners in the first half and nine total shots. Adrian would nearly score in the first half as one of their shots ended up hitting off the top crossbar.
In the second half, the game began to pick up a bit as the rain began to fall steadily as the stakes escalated. In the 65th minute, Adrian’s Pat Bradley took a corner kick that ricocheted off a Trine player and right into the legs of Nick Minshall, who finished the scoring play to the lower left hand side of the goal.
Trine tried desperately to next the equalizer but a break was not in the cards for Trine, who despite a solid defensive effort failed to muster the offense necessary to take down the Bulldogs.
Next up for the Thunder they will host Olivet College on Oct. 9 at 4 p.m.
10/1 - Thunder Drop Tough Road Game to Britons
ALBION, Mich. - In a game where nothing seemed to go their way, the Trine University men’s soccer team fell to MIAA foe Albion 8-2. The Thunder fall to 2-6-1 on the year and 0-4 in conference play.
The Britons scored three early goals in the 8th, 21st and 26th minutes as they took a lead into halftime they would never relinquish. Junior Karston Shepard (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield) would get the Thunder on the board just 4:09 into the second half as he scored his first goal of the season.
Albion would then score four goals in less than 10 minutes of play, including one on an own goal of the Thunder. Down 7-1, senior Samuel Seibolt (Olathe, Kan./DeSoto) gave the Thunder a lift with his second goal of the season, and third of his career with just under 13 minutes remaining in the half. Albion would add their final goal with 10 minutes remaining in the game on a penalty kick.
For the match, the Thunder held Albion to just 12 shots, but 11 of them came on net while the Thunder had just five shot attempts for the game.
Junior Chris Stewart (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) made two stops in goal for the Thunder in just under 62 minutes of play. Freshman Ian Jindrich (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) came on for the final 28 minutes recording a save.
The eight goals allowed by the Thunder were the most since dropping a 9-0 game at Hope on Oct. 16, 2004.
The Thunder return home where they host Adrian on homecoming weekend, Oct. 5 beginning at 7 p.m. under the lights of the Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium.
9/28 - Opening Goal Not Enough to Knock off No. 24 Dutch
HOLLAND, Mich. - Despite scoring the first goal of the game, the Trine University men’s soccer team fell to No. 24 Hope College 4-1. The loss drops the Thunder to 2-5-1 on the season and 0-3 in the MIAA.
Sophomore Kenny Rappuhn (Grand Blanc, Mich./Goodrich) notched his second goal of the season when he found the back of the net just 10:14 into the game. Rappuhn’s initial penalty kick was saved by the Hope keeper, but he was able to put home the rebound.
Less than three minutes later Hope would tie the game and then take the lead in the 38th minute as the Thunder trailed 2-1 headed into halftime.
The Flying Dutch would add second half goals in the 61st and 87th minutes.
Rappuhn led the Thunder with two shots on goal. For the match, Hope out-shot Trine 24-10.
Junior goalie Chris Stewart (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) made three saves on the night for the Thunder.
Trine returns to the pitch on Oct. 1 for a 4 p.m. game at Albion.
9/25 - Thunder Fall to Knights
ANGOLA, Ind. - It was a tough game for the Trine University men’s soccer team as they fell to defending conference champion Calvin College 3-0. The loss drops the Thunder to 2-4-1 on the year and 0-2 in the conference.
Calvin scored the first goal of the game 21 minutes in as they held just a 1-0 lead at halftime but out-shot the Thunder 9-1 in the half.
The second half didn’t start any better for the Thunder as the Knights score just seven minutes in before adding another goal in the 67th minute.
Starting goalie, junior Chris Stewart (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) recorded three saves for the night playing just over 77 minutes. Freshman Ian Jindrich (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) came on for the final 12 minutes and change to record three saves.
Trine was held to just four shots while Calvin attempted 21. Freshman Bill Wilson (Mason, Mich./Mason) led the Thunder with two shot attempts.
9/17 - Thunder Drop Tough Match to Scots
ANGOLA, Ind. - It was a back-and-forth battle in the truest sense as the Trine University men’s soccer team fell to Alma 4-3 in their MIAA conference opener. After Alma recorded the first goal, the two teams traded goals until the Scots scored the game-winner with just under 3 minutes to play. The loss drops the Thunder to 2-3-1 on the season.
The Scots got on the board first scoring off a long throw in just over 15 minutes into the game. Trine freshman Bill Wilson (Mason, Mich./Mason) darted through the Alma defense and ripped a shot from just inside the box scoring 14 minutes later for his team-leading fourth goal of the season.
From there the goals came quickly as Alma regained the lead at the 33:15 mark. Their lead wouldn’t last long though as senior Samuel Seibolt (Olathe, Kan./DeSoto) knotted the game at 2-2 with 7:36 left in the half when his initial shot got deflected but Seibolt was able to bury the rebound into the lower right corner.
Trine out-shot the Scots 10-6 in the first half.
Alma broke the tie at 54:05 of the second half as the initial shot was saved by Trine junior goalie Chris Stewart (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) but the rebound found the back of the net.
It was take more than 20 minutes for the Thunder to answer back, when sophomore Nick Lang (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) netted his first of the season on a long shot from the far right wing to the far post on an assist from Seibolt.
Both teams would have opportunities to notch the game-winner in the final minutes, but it would be the Scots who found the net as they ripped a shot from beyond the box with just 2:53 to play in the game. The Thunder would be unable to get another shot off in the remaining time.
Stewart finished the night with four saves in net for the Thunder.
In all, eight different Trine players had a shot on goal, with Seibolt the only player with two. For the match, Trine out-shot the Scots 16-10.
Trine now takes some time off to regroup before they host defending conference champion Calvin College on Sep. 25 at 4 p.m.
9/14 - Thunder Shutout Manchester at Ketner Classic
by Sports Information Student Assistant Zach Bigger
ANGOLA, Ind. - The Trine University men’s soccer team (2-2-1) would score early in the match and never look back as they rolled to a 3-0 rout over Manchester College (1-4-1) in the second day of the annual Ketner Classic. The Thunder outshot the Spartans 18-to-4 and did a superb job of maintaining possession on the Spartans side of the field. Three different Thunder players scored on the day, and junior captain Karston Shephard (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield) had a great day setting up his Trine teammates on his way to two assists.
The Thunder picked up their first goal on a nice long pass that setup an easy 1-on-1 opportunity for freshman Bill Wilson (Mason, Mich./Mason) at 10:42 in the first half. Trine kept consistently picking up corners, with a 6-0 advantage in the first half and it would pay off late in the period.
Shephard delivered a great corner kick that deflected off senior captain Samuel Seibolt (Olathe, Kan./DeSoto) and right into the legs of sophomore Jacob Nantz (Galesburg, Mich./Galesburg Augusta), who finished the job from point blank range on Manchester goaltender Craig Thacker at 29:47 in the first half. At the end of the half, Trine had a comfortable 2-0 lead.
In the second half, things got chippy late as Manchester could not break the tenacious Thunder defense. A Manchester foul in the box would set up the Thunder for a penalty kick opportunity, which senior Ryan Schreiner (Bryan, Ohio/Bryan) delivered to the back right of the net for his first career goal.
Thunder senior goalkeeper Chris Stewart (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) had an nice day at the office, saving both shots on net by the Spartans.
Trine now enters conference play when they host on Alma at 4 p.m. on Sept. 17.
9/13 - Thunder Fall in Opening Game of Ketner Classic
ANGOLA, Ind. - In the opening game of Trine University’s 19th annual Ketner Classic, the Thunder men’s soccer team fell to Elmhurst (IL) 1-0. The loss drops the Thunder to 1-2-1 on the season.
Trine controlled the ball in the opening minutes as they attempted four of the game’s first five shots. However, the Bluejays first shot on goal would be the only one that mattered as Austin Haas put home a deflection in front of the net at 31:10 of the first half.
The Thunder were unable to threaten in the second half as Elmhurst out-shot them 11-1.
Junior goalkeeper Chris Stewart (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) took the loss for the Thunder while making three saves.
Trine closes out the Ketner Classic tomorrow, Sept. 14 when they host Manchester University at 4 p.m.
9/7 - Thunder Play to a Scoreless Tie
CHICAGO - In their final road game before their home opener, the Trine University men’s soccer team played to a 0-0 double overtime tie with Aurora University. Trine’s record now sits a 1-1-1 on the year.
In the opening half, the Thunder were out-shot 11-3 by the Spartans but the Trine defense and junior goalie Chris Stewart (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) held Aurora off the scoreboard.
Both defenses stepped up in the second half as the two sides combined for just seven shots, none of which came on goal.
In the first overtime, both teams had an opportunity to secure the win. In the 93rd minute, senior David Duquette’s (Wilmington, Ohio/Wilmington) shot attempt was saved by the Aurora goalie. Then in the 96th minute, it would be Stewart with the game-saving stop on a Spartans shot attempt.
Trine had the only shot on goal in the second overtime as senior Daniel Kuehn’s (Saline, Mich./Saline) shot in the 102nd minute was knocked away but the Spartans keeper.
Duquette led Trine with two shots on goal for the day. Stewart finished the afternoon with five save in goal for the Thunder.
Trine will finally return to play their first home game of the season when they host the two-day Ketner Classic. Trine will face Elmhurst on Sept. 13 beginning at 2:00 p.m. followed by Adrian taking on Manchester at 4:00 p.m.
9/6 - Pair of Freshmen Lead Trine to Dominating Win
CHICAGO - It was a dominating effort for the Trine University men’s soccer team as freshmen Bill Wilson (Mason, Mich./Mason) and Zach O’Brien (Metamora, Mich./Lapeer West) each recorded a pair of goals and an assist as the Thunder picked up their first win of the season 6-1 over the Illinois Institute of Technology. Trine’s record now sits at 1-1 for the season.
Things didn’t start the Thunder’s way as they gave up a quick goal to the Scarlet Hawks just 3:19 into the game. Trine rebounded quickly as sophomore Kenny Rappuhn (Grand Blanc, Mich./Goodrich) tied the game with his first goal of the season at the 6:10 mark on an assist from Wilson.
The Thunder would pad the scoreboard late in the half as they added goals at 25:53, 30:02 and 31:33 of the period.
O’Brien got the scoring streak started with his first collegiate goal off an assist from senior Daniel Kuehn (Saline, Mich./Saline). Wilson would also add the first goal of his college career on an assist from sophomore Nick Lang (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral). Wilson would then close out the half to put the Thunder up 4-1 as O’Brien and senior David Duquette (Wilmington, Ohio/Wilmington) assisted on the goal.
It took Trine nearly 30 minutes to score in the second half, but when they did, it would happen quickly as they scored twice just 1:35 apart. It would again be O’Brien getting things started at 73:46 with his second of the day off an assist from senior Ryan Schreiner (Bryan, Ohio/Bryan). Sophomore Chris Short (North Webster, Ind./Pendleton Heights) closed things out as he scored unassisted for his first career goal with 14:39 remaining.
Junior Chris Stewart (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) earned the win for the Thunder in goal recording two saves in just under 70 minutes of play. Freshman Ian Jindrich (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) came on the play the final 20 minutes in net but did not record a save.
The Thunder offense took full advantage of their opportunities as both teams attempted 18 shots on the night. In the opening half, the Thunder made good on 50 percent of their chances (4-for-8) while Illinois Tech took 12 shots.
For Trine, it was the most goals in a game since their 8-0 win over the City College of N.Y. on Sept. 6, 2010.
Trine won’t have much time to celebrate as they face Aurora (IL) tomorrow, Sept. 7 at 2:00 p.m. (CST) at Illinois Tech.
8/31 - Thunder Drop Season Opener
Second Game of Tournament Cancelled
FRANKLIN, Ind. - The Trine University men’s soccer team had a rough start to their season as they dropped their opener on Friday to Rose-Hulman 3-0 at the Daniel Schuetz Community Classic hosted by Franklin College. Trine’s game scheduled for Saturday against Franklin was cancelled due to weather.
Rose-Hulman scored their first goal at 18:25 of the first despite the Thunder outshooting them 4-to-2 in the half.
The second half was all Rose-Hulman as they held a 6-0 shot advantage while tacking on goals in the 46th and 55th minutes.
Junior Karston Shephard (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield) and freshman Bill Wilson (Mason, Mich./Mason) had Trine’s only shots on goal.
Junior goalie Chris Stewart (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) made two saves in net for the Thunder over 82 minutes and change. Freshman Ian Jindrich (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) played the final 7:19 between the pipes but did not record a save.
The game against Franklin could be made up at a later date.
Trine’s next schedule game sends them to Chicago where they face Illinois Tech on September 6 at 5:00 p.m. (CST).
8/21 - Men’s Soccer Picked Seventh in MIAA Poll
ROYAL OAK, Mich. - The 2013 edition of the Trine University men’s soccer team was picked to finish seventh in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) preseason coaches’ poll announced today. Defending champion Calvin was chosen the preseason favorite.
Calvin and Hope both received three first-place votes. Kalamazoo, which was picked to finish third, received two first-place votes in the poll.
In their first seasons under head coach Trevor Ferrell the Thunder posted an 8-10-1 record and placed fifth in the conference to finishing just a spot out of the MIAA Tournament. This year’s squad returns their entire defensive backfield and a core of young players that have the Thunder poised for another run at the postseason.
The Thunder defense will be led by junior goalkeeper Chris Stewart and senior defenseman Samuel Seibolt. Stewart logged every minute in goal last season for the Thunder while recording seven shutouts and ranking 30th in Division III in total saves. The Thunder defense also returns sophomore Jacob Nantz who started all 19 games and junior David Gannon who also played in all 19 contests.
Offensively, the Thunder must replace their two leading goal scorers who graduated. Trine does return junior Karston Shephard who led the team with five assists last season along with senior David Duquette who started all 19 games. Other offensive players returning who saw significant time include junior Mac Green and sophomores Kenny Rappuhn and Nick Lang.
Trine opens their season on the road when they travel to Franklin College for the two-day Daniel Schuetz Community Classic tournament. The Thunder will open the year facing Rose Hulman on August 30. The Thunder open their home schedule on September 13 when they host the annual Ketner Classic. Trine will host Adrian, Manchester and Elmhurst (IL). Trine will face Elmhurst in the first game at 2:00 p.m. Trine then opens their conference schedule the following week when they host Alma on Sept. 17 at 4:00 p.m.
Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Calvin (3) 13 pts. 2. Hope (3) 14. 3. Kalamazoo (2) 21. 4. Olivet 22. 5. Adrian 32. 6. Alma 36. 7. Trine 39. 8. Albion 47.