NCAC Weekly Release (9-10-12) - Men's Soccer
While the North Coast schedule will be dominated this week with non-conference contests, Denison (0-0, 3-1-1) will travel to Greencastle to square off against DePauw (0-0, 4-0-1) Saturday in the first conference game of the 2012 season.
ALLEGHENY used another two hard-fought wins to push their current record on the season to 4-0. Senior forward Tyler Danzey (Finleyville, PA/Thomas Jefferson) led the team this week with two goals, including the overtime winner in the 92nd minute in a 1-0 victory over Grove City on Wednesday. After a series of first half scoring struggles, the Gators exploded for three goals in the first half of a 3-0 win over Geneva on Saturday. Junior goalkeeper John Lichina (Gibsonia, PA/Hampton) recorded his third consecutive shutout against Geneva, lowering his season goals against average to a miniscule 0.25.
Junior Blake Miller (Westerville, OH/Worthington Christian) scored two game-winning goals and added an assist in three matches for DENISON, while senior captain Ryan Torgersen (Spring, TX/Klein) also logged a pair of scores. Junior keeper Matt Wagner (Nicholasville, Ky./Lexington Catholic) made six stops en route to a pair of victories last week.
DEPAUW went on the road for three matches and didn’t allow a goal in nearly 300 minutes in posting a 2-0-1 record.
HIRAM posted a pair of shutout victories over Waynesburg and Principia improving to 4-0 to start the season. Hiram returns to action Tuesday as they host Marietta.
KENYON played just one game this week and earned a 1-0 non-conference win over Heidelberg University. Freshman Jeremiah Barnes (Largo, FL/Clearwater) recorded the Lords’ lone goal.
OBERLIN turned in 2-1 week, earning victories 2-0 against Waynesburg and Principia after dropping a midweek match to Baldwin-Wallace a 4-2 count. At 4-1 the Yeomen are off to their best start since 2008.
Junior midfielder Jon Stegner (Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty) and freshman midfielder Gunnar Bloecher (Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy Orange) scored goals exactly two minutes apart to give OHIO WESLEYAN a 2-0 lead, and the Bishops withstood a late Mount Union charge to defeat the Purple Raiders in the first round of the Fred Myers/adidas® Invitational. Freshman midfielder Brian Schaefer (Chatham, N.J.), junior midfielder Jon Stegner (Powell/Olentangy Liberty), and junior midfielder Matt Shadoan (Dublin, OH/Scioto) scored goals to lift Ohio Wesleyan over Gordon in the second round of the Fred Myers/adidas® Invitational championship. Junior midfielder Ian O’Keefe (Columbus, OH/Worthington Kilbourne), sophomore midfielder Colton Bloecher (Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy Orange), senior goalkeeper Paul Hendricks (Columbus, OH/Worthington Kilbourne), and Stegner represented Ohio Wesleyan on the all-tournament team.
WABASH improved to 2-3 after picking up a weekend split with in-state rivals Rose-Hulman and Earlham. Rose scored in the ninth minute of overtime Saturday for a 1-0 victory over the Little Giants. Wabash rebounded with a 2-0 shutout at Earlham on Sunday. Blake Jennings (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) scored the game-winning goal in the ninth minute of the first period Sunday. Steve Magura (Valparaiso, IN/Andrean) tallied the assist on Jennings’ goal, and then added an insurance goal in the second half. Wabash lost 1-0 at home on Tuesday to Saint Joseph’s College when the Puma’s scored in the final two minutes of the matcH.
WITTENBERG continued its best start since 2008 with a 1-1 tie versus Thomas More at home followed by a 1-1 weekend in the Wilmington Kiwanis Classic, including a 3-1 win versus Muskingum and a 1-0 loss at Wilmington. Senior Alejandro Garcia (Toledo, OH/St. Francis), freshman Zack Moore (Kettering, OH/Alter) and senior Brock Hicks (New Albany, OH/New Albany) were all named to the Wilmington Classic all-tournament team.
WOOSTER is now 1-2 on the year after falling 2-1 against Heidelberg in the Scots lone contest of the week. Wooster returns to the pitch Tuesday hosting Bethany.