NCAC Weekly Release (10-1-12) - Men's Soccer
Oberlin improved to 2-0-0 in NCAC play after knocking off Wittenberg this past week and surged to the top of the standings. This week features a full slate of conference contests, including five games on Saturday where Oberlin will host Kenyon who is also unbeaten in conference play.
ALLEGHENY pushed their current unbeaten streak to five games with a pair of wins last week. Senior David DelGreco (Pittsburgh, PA/Seton-La Salle) tallied two goals during the week, pushing his team-leading total to eight. Allegheny scored a pair of first-half goals in a 2-1 win over Mount Union before earning a hard-fought, 2-0 win on the road against NCAC opponent Denison. Senior goalkeeper Andrew Shirley (Wrentham, MA/Milton Academy) recorded the shutout with five saves in the victory over Denison.
DENISON suffered a pair of home losses last week. The Big Red dropped a 2-1 decision to Wilmington on Tuesday before dropping a conference tilt to Allegheny (2-0) on Saturday. Sophomore forward JJ Dix (Lebanon, OH/Lebanon) picked up his third goal of the season against the Quakers.
DEPAUW posted two shutouts last week to move its season total to seven.
HIRAM remained unbeaten in 2012 after a non-conference victory against St Vincent and a tough 1-1 draw versus NCAC foe Ohio Wesleyan. Senior midfielder Ryan Greenhill (Solon, OH/Solon) led the way for Hiram posting a goal and two assists on the week.
KENYON’S defense kept things close in two games, but the offense couldn’t get on the scoreboard in a 1-0 loss at John Carroll and a 0-0 tie at DePauw. Senior goalie James Smith (Concord, MA/Concord-Carlisle) made nine saves on the week and now leads the NCAC with five shutouts and a 0.42 goals against average.
OBERLIN tied Muskingum 0-0 in its final non-conference match of the season, but returned home to down Wittenberg, 2-0, to improve to 2-0 in NCAC play. Senior Ed Vitoria (Martinsville, NJ/Bridgewater Raritan) netted the first Yeomen score and Joe Graybeal (Pittsboro, NC/Northwood) tacked on the insurance goal.
Sophomore midfielder Colton Bloecher (Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy Orange) notched his first collegiate hat trick to power 14th-ranked OHIO WESLEYAN over Case, 5-0, in non-conference action on Wednesday. It marked Ohio Wesleyan’s first hat trick since Oct. 26, 2001, when Ryan Miller scored thrice against Hiram at Roy Rike Field. Senior back Kit North (Powell, OH/Bishop Watterson) and freshman forward Brian Schaefer (Chatham, NJ) finished off the Bishop scoring. Neither senior Paul Hendricks (Columbus, OH/Worthington Kilbourne) nor sophomore Colin Beemiller (Pickerington, OH/North) were tested in splitting the shutout in the Ohio Wesleyan goal. In the Bishops other contest last week, North converted a penalty kick in the closing minutes of regulation time to erase a 1-0 deficit, as Ohio Wesleyan and Hiram went on to play to a 1-1 tie in the Bishops’ NCAC opener on Friday in Hiram. The tie extended Ohio Wesleyan’s unbeaten string in NCAC competition to a conference-record 41 games, dating back to the 2007 season.
WABASH earned its first NCAC victory of the season Saturday while also snapping a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the College of Wooster. Blake Jennings (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) scored the game-winning goal in the 19th minute against the Scots. Adam Antalis (Fort Wayne, IN/Concordia) added a second goal --- his third of the season to tie Jennings for the team lead --- in the 33rd minute. Matt Paul (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington North) recorded three saves in the winning effort. The Little Giants rebounded for the win against Wooster after suffering a 5-1 loss at Capital on Wednesday evening. Evan Coudriet (Valparaiso, IN/Chesterton) scored his first career goal in the losing effort.
WITTENBERG split the week with a 3-0 home win versus Earlham before falling, 2-0, on the road at Oberlin. Both sophomore Adam Pitchel (Centerville, OH/Centerville) and freshman Ross Cirincione (Medina, OH/Medina) scored their first collegiate goals against Earlham.
WOOSTER lost its only contest last week, falling 2-1 against Wabash. Freshman forward Andrew Roop (Centerville, OH/Centerville) scored the lone goal for the Scots