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Men's Soccer - Tue, Aug. 29, 2017
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INDIANAPOLIS - It took over 85 minutes for the Marian men's soccer team to score, but Hamed Sidibe's header brought the Knights even and forced overtime, which set up Jeff Rhodes to win the match with a penalty kick in the 98th minute to give Marian a 2-1 win over Olivet Nazarene Tuesday night in Indianapolis.

Olivet dominated ball possession for much of the game and scored the game's first game on a lovely strike from Christian Henock-Berhanu in the 26th minute. Despite the Tigers' ball control, Marian was able to find four shots in the first half. Olivet fired eight at Caleb Gmyrek and the MU keeper made two saves before the break.

In the second half, the Knights fought for the equalizer, but ran into a bit of bad luck. On two separate occasions an Olivet defender made a save on the goal line to keep Marian off the board. On another attack, Rhodes fired a shot that seemed destined to find the back of the net, but it struck the post and carromed away.

With time running out in the match, Marian earned a corner kick with less than five minutes to play. Nicolas Barrera lofted a ball into the center of the box and Sidibe skied above everybody to put it away for the tie. The goal forced overtime, but the Knights would not even need a full 10 minutes to pick up the win.

Each team took three shots in the overtime period and with two minutes left Rhodes was tripped up in the box. The referree awarded Marian a penalty kick and Rhodes scored to win the match. The win is the first for new head coach Ernie Yarborough.

Olivet owned a 15-13 shot advantage in the match, while both teams attempted five corner kicks. A physical game throughout resulted in 28 foul calls with 16 of them belonging to Marian. Gmyrek finished with six saves in the net, while Barrera led Marian with five shots.

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Olivet Nazarene (0-2-1)1001
MU (1-1-0)0112
Scoring Summary
125:37Henock-Berhanu, C. (Olivet Nazarene)
285:23Hamed Sidibe (MU)
OT97:55Jeffrey Rhodes (MU)
Olivet NazareneIndv. LeadersMU
#15 Henock-Berhanu, C. - 1Goals2 Players (#11,#23) - 1
NoneAssists #9 Nicholas Barrera - 1
#8 Schneider, Richard - 4Shots #9 Nicholas Barrera - 5
#96 Taborn, Chris - 4Saves #1 Caleb Gmyrek - 6
Olivet NazareneTeam StatisticsMU
15 (7)Shots (on goal) 13 (8)
6Saves 6
12Fouls 16
5Corner Kicks 5
1Offsides 0