Nov. 13, 2010

Courtesy of Kenyon Athletics

YORK, Pa. (November 13, 2010) With a simple flick of senior Miguel Barrera's (Mexico City, Mexico/St. Michael's) foot, the Kenyon College men's soccer team won its first NCAA tournament game since the 1996 season. Barrera's second-half goal carried the Lords over the host and No. 18-ranked York College Spartans, 1-0, Saturday at Graham Field.

The game-winning goal, Barrera's seventh of the season and 20th of his career, came at the 70:16 mark of the NCAA first-round game. Fellow senior Tom Nolan (New Hope, PA/Germantown Academy) played the ball through to the center of the field, where Barrera met it and chipped it over Jesse Derksen, the Spartans' hard-charging goalkeeper. The assist was Nolan's seventh of the season and the 19th of his career.

Kenyon (15-2-2) unquestionably looked like the better team for the majority of the game and even out-shot York, 11-4. The Lords broke out of the gate quickly and threatened to take an early lead, but senior Peter Nolan's (Montclair, NJ/Montclair Kimberley Academy) header clanged off the York crossbar.

Momentum then swung in favor of York (16-5-1) later in the half, but after halftime Kenyon took control. Barrera's goal 25 minutes into the second half was followed by multiple Kenyon chances, including back-to-back lasers unleashed by Alistair Flynn (Stowe, VT/Shorecrest Prep) and Felix Hoffmann (Bergheim, Germany/Trinity-Pawling (NY)). Dersken made an amazing save to stop Flynn's initial shot. The ball then came out to Hoffmann, but his shot wound up being blocked by a sliding York defender.

The Spartans' only serious threat to score came about 12 minutes into the second half. That's when York leading scorer Mike O'Connell put a shot on Kenyon goal, but junior goalkeeper Tyler Schatz (Tucson, AZ/Salpointe Catholic) was there to make the save and preserve his eighth and Kenyon's 13th shutout of the season.

Kenyon will now move on to the tournament's second round, where they will play the winner of today's game between Ohio Wesleyan University and Catholic University of America. The Lords' second-round game with also be played on York's Graham Field and will begin at 1 p.m.