NCAC Weekly Release (9-17-12) - Men's Soccer
DePauw posted the first NCAC victory of the 2012 season after picking up a 2-1 win against Denison. This weekend features four conference tilts as Wittenberg (0-0-0, 3-3-1) travels to Allegheny (0-0-0, 5-1-0), DePauw (1-0-0, 5-0-2) will face its first road NCAC game at Hiram (0-0-0, 7-0-0). The final two NCAC contests pit Kenyon (0-0-0, 3-3-0) against Denison (0-1-0, 3-3-1) in Granville, while Oberlin (0-0-0, 5-2-0) travels to Wabash (0-0-0, 2-5-0).
ALLEGHENY Sophomore goalkeeper John Lichina (Gibsonia, PA/Hampton) set a program record for career shutouts in Wednesday’s 1-0 road win over Point Park. The Gibsonia, Pa. native recorded his 18th career shutout to surpass the 17 recorded by Ryan Larkin, who played from 2006-07. Senior David DelGreco (Pittsburgh, PA/Seton-La Salle) found the back of the net for the Gators against Point Park. Allegheny dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 7 Carnegie Mellon on the road on Saturday to suffer its first loss of the season.
DENISON dropped a pair of contest last week, including its NCAC opener at No. 25 DePauw. Junior Blake Miller (Westerville, Ohio/Worthington Christian) scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season against Heidelberg, while Mark Waterman (Prospect, Ky./DuPont Manual) improved to 2-for-2 in penalty kick attempts against the Berg.
DEPAUW’S 660:43 minute streak of not allowing an opposing player to score a goal came to an end in a 2-1 victory over Denison last Saturday. The streak marked the third-longest such streak in school history, just three minutes short of the second spot.
HIRAM improved to 7-0 on the season with three wins this past week. The Terriers knocked off Marietta, Franciscan and John Carroll in an overtime thriller. Junior midfielder Andy Harding (Bath, PA/Revere) was outstanding posting six goals in three games and added an assist for 13 points.
KENYON only managed one victory in three games decided by identical 1-0 margins last week. Sophomore Rei Mitsuyama’s (Natick, MA/Natick) first collegiate goal propelled the Lords past Centre Friday night.
OBERLIN won its first road match of the season at Earlham, topping the Quakers 3-2, but then returned home to fall to Case, 2-0. In the win it was senior Andrew Wise (Metairie, LA/St. Martin’s Episcopal) who netted the game-winner late in the second half, it was his second straight game with a goal.
Senior back Kit North (Powell, OH/Bishop Watterson), junior midfielder Paolo Bucci (Dublin, OH/Bishop Watterson), and freshman midfielder Brian Schaefer (Chatham, N.J.) scored goals to lift 23rd-ranked OHIO WESLEYAN over Otterbein in non-conference action. North scored twice and junior midfielder Jon Stegner (Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty) tallied the game-winning goal to give 23rd-ranked Ohio Wesleyan a non-conference decision over Heidelberg in non-conference action on Saturday in Tiffin.
WABASH lost a pair of home matches last week. The Little Giants lost a heartbreaking 3-2 contest to NCAA Division II opponent Oakland City College Wednesday night before dropping a 1-0 match to the University of Chicago. Fabian House (Muncie, IN/Muncie Central) scored his first career goal in Wednesday’s match against Oakland City. Blake Jennings (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) added a penalty kick in the final minute of the match. Jennings also added an assist on the goal by House.
WITTENBERG fell to 3-3-1 with a pair of losses, including one to nationally ranked Ohio Northern by a score of 5-0 and later a 3-2 decision at Bluffton. Seniors Alejandro Garcia (Toledo, OH/St. Francis) and Marshall Rowland (Pewee Valley, KY/South Oldham) each scored against Bluffton .
WOOSTER fell to 1-5 on the year after three losses this past week. The Scots dropped decisions against Bethany, Mt. Vernon Nazarene and Centre. Junior goalkeeper Matthew Canter (Ann Arbor, MI/Greenhills School) started all three games, allowing six goals over 270 minutes of action.