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Sixth-ranked Ohio Wesleyan gets by Berry in 2-1 outing
No. 2 Williams 4, Babson 2
BABSON PARK, Mass. -- A fast and furious first half saw No. 2 Williams (3-1-0) jump out to a 4-0 lead against Babson (5-2-0) that would prove to be insurmountable as the game finished 4-2 in favor of Williams at Hartwell-Roger Field on Sunday.
The damage was done early when an Eph was brought down inside the Beaver penalty area in the second minute. Junior Matt Muralles made no mistake putting the ball past senior Beaver goalkeeper Jackson Klein from the penalty spot for his second goal of the season.
It was a mere four minutes later when the Ephs struck again. Sophomore Jonathan Westling showed some good skill down the right flank and whipped the ball across the face of the goal, where freshman Patrick Gordon was waiting to finish from pointblank range into the bottom-right side of the net. Gordon's second goal of the season put the Ephs up 2-0 inside six minutes.
After the second goal, the flow of the game evened out a great deal. Babson had their first good chance of the game in the 21st minute as they countered a Williams corner and forced a smart save out of senior Eph keeper Peter Morrell.
Some concern came for the Ephs six minutes later when Matt Muralles appeared to pick up an injury. He was immediately subbed off the field and did not return to the game. After the game Coach Russo cleared up the situation: "Mattie is fine. We had the lead, and I saw no reason to risk him."
Nevertheless, good play from the Ephs continued into the 31st minute when senior User Kushaina increased Williams' lead to three over the Beavers. The Beavers had just recovered the ball at the top of their own penalty area when an errant pass was picked off by Kushaina. He took two touches to free himself some space before he fired home a beautiful shot into the bottom-left corner of the goal. It was Kushaina's first goal of the season.
Eight minutes later it looked as if Babson would pull a goal back through senior Dillon Ventura. Ventura advanced up the right flank into the Williams penalty area, cut inside onto his left foot, and struck a screamer toward Morrell's goal that somehow just skimmed over the crossbar.
The Ephs took advantage of the Beavers' missed opportunity as they applied pressure once again to the Beaver defensive line two minutes later in the 41st minute. This time it was junior Chris Condor who advanced up the left wing and crossed the ball onto the back post where senior Matt Kastner's head was waiting to bury the ball into the right side-netting of the goal. Kastner's first goal of the season put the Ephs out in front 4-0 near the end of the first half
The Beavers, however, did pull a goal back before the break through senior Kevin Israel. Ventura slid a ball into Israel who put the ball past Morrell with just over forty seconds left in the first half.
Inspired by their goal at the end of the first half, the Beavers came out very aggressively. Less than two minutes into the second half, Ventura committed a very hard foul as he tried to win the ball, resulting in the first yellow card of the game. Six minutes later, Beaver junior Patrick Ellis, joined Ventura in the book for another hard foul on an Eph while trying to win the ball.
The Beavers' increased pressure began to create chances starting in the 62nd minute, when a long throw-in floated into the box and found the foot of Ventura, but the shot was saved well by Morrell.
The Beavers pressure continued only minutes later when the Ephs found themselves in a compromised position after they conceded a free kick only 23 yards away from their own goal. The ensuing free kick, however, was blocked nicely by the wall. The rebound was collected by Israel on the right side of the penalty area. His proceeding shot crashed into Morrell's right goalpost before being cleared by the Ephs.
No. 5 Loras 5, Saint John's (Minn.) 0
DUBUQUE, Iowa -- No. 5 Loras scored two early goals en route to a 5-0 win against Saint John's on Sunday.
Tom Fluegel gave the Duhawks (6-0-2 overall) a 1-0 lead, with what proved to be the game-winner, 2:57 into the match. Mike Pizzello made it 2-0 at the 17:30 mark and Loras added three more goals in the second half.
LC out-shot the Johnnies (2-3-1 overall) 24-8 overall and 12-5 on goal.
Sophomore Kevin Lebahn made five saves in the first 55:54 of the match, while senior Ryan Brutger made two stops in the final 34:06.
Twelve of the 19 Johnnies that played in the match were either freshmen or sophomores.
No. T6 Ohio Wesleyan 2, Berry 1
DELAWARE, Ohio -- Senior midfielder Paolo Bucci and junior midfielder Colton Bloecher scored second-half goals to lift sixth-ranked Ohio Wesleyan against Berry in non-conference action on Sunday at the Jay Martin Soccer Complex.
The Bishops had the first scoring chance of the game, when Bucci drew a foul inside the penalty box in the fourth minute, but Viking keeper Logan Hill turned aside the shot by senior midfielder Martin Tobias.
The Ohio Wesleyan defense preserved the scoreless tie later in the half, with senior back Alex Stanton clearing a header away from the open goal in the 15th minute.
Berry took a 1-0 lead late in the first half. Junior back Drew Pang broke up a Viking breakaway, with the visitors awarded a corner kick after the play. The Ohio Wesleyan defense headed the ball away from the goal mouth, but the ball went to Matt Seib at the top of the box, and Seib's shot found the back of the net with 3:55 remaining in the period.
Ohio Wesleyan evened the game 6 minutes into the second half when Bucci's 30-yard shot hit the right post and caromed into the goal.
Sophomore forward Evan Lee had a pair of chances to break the tie, working free on a breakaway before sending a shot right of the goal midway through the period, then ripping a 25-yard shot that Hill dove and batted away at the left post in the 79th minute.
Hill made another fine play in the 83rd minute, tipping a shot by senior midfielder Jon Stegner over the crossbar.
Bloecher gave the Bishops the lead in the 86th minute with a 25-yard shot just inside the left post.
Ohio Wesleyan outshot Berry, 25-16. Junior goalkeeper Colin Beemiller (Pickerington/North) had 2 saves for Ohio Wesleyan. Hill finished with 8 saves in the Viking goal.