NCAC Weekly Release (9-18-11) -- Men's Soccer
North Coast play opened up last week with DePauw (5-1-0, 1-0-0) picking up its first-ever league win in men’s soccer with a 1-0 triumph over Denison (3-2-1, 0-1-0). League play continues next Saturday as Hiram (3-0-1, 0-0-0) travels to DePauw, Kenyon (2-3-1, 0-0-0) hosts Denison and Wabash (3-3-1, 0-0-0) travels to Oberlin (2-5-0, 0-0-0). Allegheny (6-1-0, 0-0-0) and Wittenberg (3-2-1, 0-0-0) also meet in an NCAC clash next Sunday.
ALLEGHENY climbed into the national rankings for the first time since the final poll of the 2004 season as the Gators currently sit in 24th on the NSCAA Top 25. The Gators opened the week with a 3-0 setback against Mount Union, but than secured a 3-2 triumph over Carnegie Mellon on Saturday. The win over CMU was Allegheny’s first victory over the Tartans since 1983.
DENISON sophomore Kory Silberg (Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel) capped off the Big Red’s 4-0 win at Earlham with a pair of goals in a 13 second span in the second half. Also netting goals for DU in the non-conference victory were Jamie Wagner (Toronto, Ontario/Upper Canada College) and Preston Wagner (Toronto, Ontario/TASIS American School). The Big Red also fell in their NCAC opener against DePauw, 1-0, on Saturday.
DEPAUW earned its first NCAC victory in program history after defeating Denison, 1-0, on Saturday. The Tigers also earned a 3-2 triumph over in-state-rival Rose-Hulman last Sunday.
HIRAM scored a single-game school record 11 goals in the Terriers 11-0 victory over PSU-Beaver last week. Senior midfielder Kevin Haramis (Norton, OH/Norton) collected six total points in the victory with two goals and two assists.
KENYON picked up its first two wins of the season with a 2-1 triumph over Mount Union and a 3-0 victory at Franciscan. Freshman Nate Petrou (Kingston, MA/Silver Lake Regional) excelled in his first action of the season with two goals on the week.
OBERLIN sophomore Matt Tunzi (Salinas, CA/Palma) scored his first collegiate goal in the Yeomen’s 1-0 win against Muskingum. The Yeomen also fell on the road last week against Case Western by a 4-0 tally.
OHIO WESLEYAN, which is ranked 12th in the NSCAA Top 25, earned a pair of non-conference victories over Ohio Athletic Conference opponents last week, defeating Otterbein, 1-0, and Capital 2-0. Senior forward Tyler Bryant (Chillicothe, OH/Unioto) netted the lone score against the Cardinals, while seniors Dylan Stone (Easton, CT/Barlow) and Travis Wall (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) each found the back of the net in the 2-0 triumph over the Crusaders. Junior keeper Paul Hendricks (Columbus, OH/Worthington Kilbourne) made four saves in 180 minutes of scoreless action last week to reduce his season goals against average to 0.73.
WABASH posted two wins over in-state opponents, defeating Earlham, 1-0, and Hanover, 3-1, before falling to Centre, 2-0. Freshman Blake Jennings (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) scored two goals on the week, including the game-winner against Earlham. He also netted an unassisted goal against Hanover. Freshman Ivaylo Mantchev (Sofia, Bulgaria/Zionsville, IN) also recorded his first career game-winning goal in the Little Giants victory over Hanover.
WITTENBERG registered three different decisions last week as the Tigers posted a 1-0 victory over Otterbein, a 1-1 tie against No. 3 Ohio Northern and a 2-0 setback against Colorado College. Senior goalie Michael Lambeck (Dublin, OH/Coffman) made 10 saves to help the Tigers pull off an impressive tie against ONU and added five more in the Otterbein win.
WOOSTER senior goalie Taylor Takacs (Gibsonia, PA/Sewickley Academy) scooped up a career-high 13 saves in the Fighting Scots’ 4-1 loss against Malone on Tuesday, and then recorded a double-overtime shutout as part of Wooster’s 1-0 victory over Marietta on Friday. He also added five saves against Marietta to give him 18 saves in 197:20 minutes of action last week.