NCAC Weekly Release (9-4-12) - Men's Soccer
The NCAC posted a combined record of 14-4-2 on the opening weekend of the 2012 soccer season. This coming week features a full slate of non-conference games with the first conference game scheduled for September 15th when Dension travels to take on DePauw.
ALLEGHENY opened the season 2-0-0 in the 2012 Allegheny Classic last Saturday and Sunday. Senior forward Chris Brennan (Wrentham, MA/King Philip) scored the first goal of the season in the 23rd minute of a 3-1 win over La Roche on Saturday. Sophomore midfielder Cameron Olson (Clifton Park, NY/Shenendehowa) finished the game with one goal and one assist, scoring a tie-breaking goal in the 61st minute. A trio of Gator seniors found the back of the net in a 3-0 win over Wilmington on Sunday. Brennan scored his second goal of the season in the 81st minute, as fellow seniors David DelGreco (Pittsburgh, PA/Seton-La Salle) (48th minute) and Conor Azevedo (Cranberry, PA/Seneca Valley) (66th minute) found the back of the net for the first time in 2012.
Junior Blake Miller (Westerville, OH/Worthington Christian) logged his first-career hat trick in his hometown as DENISON doubled up Otterbein, 4-2, on Sunday. Junior keeper Matt Wagner (Nicholasville, KY/Lexington Catholic) made 10 saves and posted on shutout in two starts.
DEPAUW snapped 20th ranked Hope College’s 354-day streak of not allowing three goals in a single match with a 3-2 victory Friday night. The DU Tigers picked up a second win at the Robbie Dreher Memorial Wabash Classic with a 5-0 result against Monmouth. The eight goals over the weekend set the mark for the most goal ever scored at the RDMWC.
HIRAM played in the Allegeheny College Tournament over the weekend. The Terriers defeated Wilmington 4-1, and La Roche 5-2. Junior midfielder Andy Harding (Bath, OH/Revere) notched three goals in two games.
KENYON split its season-opening contests, falling 1-0 at Otterbein before bouncing back with a decisive 4-1 victory over Mount St. Joseph. Senior J.J. Jemison (Danville, OH/Berkshire) powered the Lords against the Lions with two goals, including the game-winner.
OBERLIN got off to a 2-0 start, downing Geneva 1-0 on Friday and Heidelberg 4-2 on Sunday. The victory against the Berg marked the 100th of Head Coach Blake New’s career as the Yeomen’s bench boss. Senior Ed Vitoria (Martinsville, NJ / Bridgewater Raritan) scored his first career goal against Geneva and then added his second game-winner of the weekend against the Berg.
OHIO WESLEYAN’S junior forward Taylor Rieger (Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy Orange) and sophomore midfielder Colton Bloecher (Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy Orange) scored goals and senior goalkeeper Paul Hendricks (Columbus, OH/Worthington Kilbourne) made a key save as top-ranked Ohio Wesleyan played to a draw with 13th-ranked Christopher Newport. Hendricks came up with a save on a penalty kick with 7:04 left in regulation time to preserve the 2-2 tie.
WABASH recorded its first victory of the season with a 3-0 win over Monmouth College (IL) Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Steve Magura (Valparaiso, IN/Andrean) scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 15th minute with a bicycle kick off a rebound in front of the net. Senior goalie Matt Paul (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington North) claimed his ninth career shutout with the win, posting nine saves throughout the weekend.
For the first time since 2008, WITTENBERG opened the season with a pair of back-to-back wins, first a 1-0 defeat of Capital followed by a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Mount Union, both games part of Capital’s Fort Rapids Invitational. Against Mount Union, sophomore Mitch Rudibaugh’s (Dublin, OH/Coffman) early goal was matched by the Purple Raiders, but in the second overtime senior Daniel Broidy (Bexley, OH/Bexley) scored the winning goal at the 100:37 mark. Sophomore goalkeeper Jeff Mengerink (Delaware, OH/Hayes) made four saves to keep the Tigers in the match.
WOOSTER posted a 9-1 win over Penn St.-Beaver Sunday. It was the second time in three years the Scots have found the back of the net nine times in a single contest (9-0 vs. MSJ on Sept. 4, 2010). In the win, freshman Patrick Pickering (Lexington, MA/Lexington) and junior George Skelly (Albuquerque, NM/St. Pius X) scored just 15 seconds apart during the 41st minute, which tied for the 11th-fastest consecutive goals by the same team in NCAA Div. III history.