Second-seeded DePauw (13-1-5) needed regulation, two overtime periods and the penalty kick session to earn its second straight NCAC Tournament championship Saturday evening in Delaware, Ohio. The DPU Tigers knocked off top-seeded Ohio Wesleyan (13-2-5) 4-2 in the penalty kick session which was a rematch of last years tournament championship. The Tigers were outshoot 27 to 12 but got six saves from senior goalkeeper Tony Halterman (Dyer, IN/Lake Central) including a huge stop in the PK session, while senior Andrew Desmarais (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) secured the win for the Tigers barring his penalty attempt. With the victory, the Tigers have earned the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Div. III Men's Soccer Tournament for the second straight year. Ohio Wesleyan, the defending National Champions, must now wait until Monday to learn if the Battling Bishops make a return trip to the tournament field.
The Ohio Wesleyan men's soccer team, which recently captured its 21st league title all time, remains ranked on a pair of national polls as the Battling Bishops elevated to No. 19 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and sits at No. 21 on the D3soccer.com Top 25, while the DePauw Tigers appear in the "Others receiving votes" section of both polls.
Ohio Wesleyan (7-1-1, 13-2-3) earned its fifth-straight North Coast championship with a pair of wins last week. The Battling Bishops defeated Kenyon, 2-0, and Denison, 2-1, to collect their league-leading 21st conference title. Kenyon has won the second most conference crowns with six, followed by Wooster (3), Denison (2) and Wittenberg (1).
The Ohio Wesleyan men's soccer squad represents the NCAC on a pair of national polls as the Battling Bishops elevated to No. 21 on the D3soccer.com Top 25 Poll are back at No. 23 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Top 25. In addition, Allegheny, DePauw and Hiram appear in the "Others Receiving Votes" portion of the D3soccer.com Poll.
Heading into the final week of NCAC regular season action, only four points separate the top six teams in the league with DePauw (5-1-2, 11-1-4) currently sitting at the top with 17. Ohio Wesleyan (5-1-1, 11-2-3) however controls its own destiny to earn the top seed going into the NCAC Tournament after handing Allegheny (5-1-1, 13-2-1) its first conference loss of the year last week.
Four North Coast men's soccer squads earned national recognition this week on a pair of national polls. In the D3soccer.com Top 25, Hiram sits at No. 24 and Ohio Wesleyan at No. 25, while Allegheny and DePauw appear in the "Receiving Votes" section of the poll. In the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Top 25, Allegheny made its debut on the poll at No. 20, while Hiram appears in the "Others Receiving Votes" section of the poll.
Allegheny (4-0-1, 12-1-1) remains the only unbeaten team in conference play and stands alone at the top of the NCAC standings with two weeks left to play in the regular season. The Gators will be tested this week as they go on the road to face Hiram (3-1-1, 12-1-1) Wednesday and then return home to host Ohio Wesleyan (3-1-1, 9-2-3) Saturday.