NCAC Weekly Release (9-24-12) - Men's Soccer
Hiram remained the final unbeaten team in the NCAC after picking up its first conference win over DePauw, 3-2, improving to 8-0 on the year. This week features conference openers for Wooster, on the road at Wabash and Ohio Wesleyan who will open up its defense as the NCAC Champions, on the road against Hiram.
ALLEGHENY defeated two nationally-ranked opponents last week, winning a pair of 3-1 decisions over No. 21 Baldwin Wallace and No. 17 Berry while also opening its North Coast schedule. Senior David DelGreco (Pittsburgh, PA/Seton-La Salle) was a major-difference maker during the course of the week, scoring four goals in three games for the Gators. Junior goalkeeper John Lichina (Gibsonia, PA/Hampton) tied a season-high with eight saves in a 2-2 tie against Wittenberg to open conference play.
DENISON ended a three-game skid with a 3-1 victory at Muskingum on Wednesday. On Saturday, the Big Red battled Kenyon to a scoreless draw in Granville. Junior Bob Casarona (Chagrin Falls, OH/Chagrin Falls) logged a goal and an assist against the Muskies, while JJ Dix (Lebanon, OH/Lebanon) and Mark Waterman (Prospect, KY/DuPont Manual) also scored in the win.
DEPAUW suffered its first loss of the season in the 3-2 defeat at Hiram. The three goals allowed equaled the total allowed in the first seven contests combined.
HIRAM improved to 8-0 on the season, 1-0 in NCAC play after picking up a 3-2 win over DePauw this weekend. Sophomore midfielder Andres Ruiz (Georgetown/Cayman Islands) scored the game-winning.
KENYON did not give up a goal this week and ended up with a win and a tie. The Lords defeated Wilmington College, 2-0, and then went through a double-overtime scoreless tie with rival Denison.
OBERLIN won its conference opener, knocking off Wabash 3-2 in overtime. Senior midfielder Matt Capozzi (Gaithersburg, MD/Poolsville) netted the game-winner 4:29 into overtime.
Junior midfielder Matt Shadoan (Dublin, OH/Scioto) and sophomore midfielder Colton Bloecher (Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy Orange) combined for both OHIO WESLEYAN goals as the Bishops defeated ninth-ranked Ohio Northern in non-conference action. Junior midfielder Ian O’Keefe (Columbus, OH/Worthington Kilbourne) scored to give Ohio Wesleyan a 1-0 lead, but Capital evened the game late in regulation time and the teams played to a tie in non-conference action.
WABASH lost a pair of one-goal matches, including its NCAC season-opener at home against Oberlin. The Little Giants led 2-1 until the Yeomen were able to tie the match in the 68th minute. Oberlin scored the game-winner in overtime for a 3-2 victory. Zach Woloshin (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) scored his first goal of the season in the seventh minute. Freshman Adam Antalis (Fort Wayne, IN/Canterbury) added his second of the year in the second period. Wabash fell 2-1 at Hanover, as well. Freshman Ben Sia (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) tallied his first goal of the season in the loss.
WITTENBERG felt right at home on the pitch this week, sticking around for three overtimes between two games while picking up a non-conference 3-2 overtime win against Mount St. Joseph and battling to a 2-2 double overtime tie at Allegheny to kick off the conference schedule. Senior Brock Hicks (New Albany, OH/New Albany) scored the game-winning goal against MSJ in most improbable fashion, rescuing a ball deflected by the goalie towards the endline and squeezing it down a sharp angle into the goal. He finished the game with two goals on two shots. Senior Dan Broidy (Bexley, OH/Bexley) scored both of the Tigers’ goals at Allegheny.
WOOSTER posted a pair of non-conference wins over the past week to improve its record to 3-5. The Scots knocked off John Carroll, 3-2, in overtime and shutout Earlham, 1-0.