KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Albion College punched its ticket to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Men's Soccer Tournament Saturday when Aaron Smit scored with less than four minutes remaining in overtime to lift the Britons to a 1-0 victory over Kalamazoo College.
Coach Wytse Molenaar described Smit as a warrior on the pitch as he held his own against a bigger opponent.
"It was great for a guy like Aaron to get the game winner," Molenaar said. "We threw the ball in the box. It was bouncing around, deflected once and Aaron put it into the low corner of the goal.
"It was a great moment," Molenaar added. "I'm happy for the guys."
Albion's fourth place finish is remarkable turnaround from its 3-11 record against league rivals last season. The Britons (9-9 overall and 8-6 against MIAA rivals) have a Thursday afternoon date against the Calvin College side that won the MIAA championship.
"There's a reason why Calvin finished first in our conference," Molenaar said. "Our guys have a lot of respect in what they stand for. I hope we are not satisfied to make it this far."
Albion had a couple of good scoring chances in the first half, but Molenaar said his side was being outplayed.
"We were not playing well," Molenaar said. "We could only go up from there. We kept believing, kept trying to make something happen."
Shots were 14-10 in favor of Kalamazoo, including 4-3 in shots on goal.