By Wendy Reid, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) Sports Information Director
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – There is not much that No. 14 Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) women’s soccer coach Bill Bahr has not accomplished in his 15 years at the helm of the Tigers. In fact, less than a year ago he led the Tigers to their first ever NAIA National Championships game and was named the 2012 NAIA and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Coach of the Year. On Saturday, Nov. 2 with a victory over No. 18 Robert Morris University (Ill.), he won his 200th career game.
Bahr entered the season ranked the 11th winningest coach in the NAIA, averaging 13.3 wins a season. In front of nearly 350 fans, the Tigers scored two second period goals to defeat the Eagles 2-0. The loss was the first of the season for the visiting Eagles in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).
Olivet (13-3-1, 9-1-1), who entered the match ranked first in the NAIA in shots per game (23.5), managed only two in the opening period. The only shot-on-goal was saved by Robert Morris keeper Ana Hernandez. The Eagles (12-3-1, 9-1) on the other hand attempted nine shots, with Tiger keeper freshman Sarah Vrsoh (Ada, Mich.) saving six.
Freshman Molly Reamon (Grand Rapids, Mich.) finally broke the deadlock at the 83:16 mark when she netted a pass from junior Emily Rosenboom (Kankakee, Ill.) to put the Tigers up 1-0. Junior Katie Smith (Spring Lake, Mich.) added the second goal with just seven seconds left in the match off of a pass from sophomore Michelle Ditchfield (Berkeley, Ill.).
The always strong Tiger defense held CCAC leading scorer Florence Dadson scoreless on the match, including a spectacular diving save by Vrosh late in the second period to keep the Eagles scoreless. Dadson finished with nine shots, five on-goal.
Olivet will return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the University of Saint Francis (Ill.) in their final CCAC match of the season. The Tigers currently sit in third place behind Trinity Christian College (Ill.) and Robert Morris. The two teams last faced each other on Oct. 24, 2012 with the Tigers winning 3-0.