Top 10 Roundup
No. 3 Rutgers-Camden streak ends; No. 2 Ohio Wesleyan wins
No. 2 Ohio Wesleyan 2, Capital 0
DELAWARE, Ohio -- Sophomore forward Evan Lee and junior midfielder Colton Bloecher scored goals to give top-ranked Ohio Wesleyan a non-conference win against Capital on Wednesday at the Jay Martin Soccer Complex.
The win increased Ohio Wesleyan's record to 12-0-0, the Bishops' best start since 2005.
Scoring chances during the first half weren't plentiful, but the Bishops did assemble some good opportunities.
Senior forward Taylor Rieger worked free in the Capital box and hit the left post with a shot in the 17th minute.
In the 36th minute, sophomore midfielder Brian Schaefer hammered a shot that Capital keeper Bob Weisgarber stopped with a diving save, and sophomore midfielder Gunnar Bloecher whistled a follow shot over the crossbar.
Senior midfielder Jon Stegner had a look early in the second half, gathering the rebound of his own blocked shot and putting a follow shot on goal, with Weisgarber recording another save to preserve the scoreless tie.
The Bishops took the lead in the 70th minute when Schaefer centered the ball from the left side to Lee, who finished the chance from in front of the Crusader net.
Bloecher provided some insurance 10 minutes later, beating Weisgarber with a shot after coming up with the ball after a turnover in the Capital end.
No. 3 Rutgers-Camden 1, TCNJ 1
EWING, N.J. -- The winning streak is over, but the undefeated run of the Rutgers-Camden team continues.
The Scarlet Raptors rallied with a goal late in the second half and went on to tie TCNJ 1-1 in double overtime, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game here on Wednesday night.
The tie snaps the Scarlet Raptors’ program-record 11-game winning streak, but hikes Rutgers-Camden’s record to 11-0-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the NJAC. The team’s unbeaten streak for two years improves to 24 games (20-0-4), tying with Johns Hopkins (2005-2007) for 18th on the all-time NCAA Division III list for consecutive games without a loss.
For the Scarlet Raptors, who are ranked No. 2 in both the NSCAA poll and the D3soccer.com Top 25 rankings, it was a hard-fought battle in a place that always seems to give them trouble. Rutgers-Camden has gone 0-3-3 at TCNJ since its last road win against the Lions, a 2-1 victory on Sept. 24, 2003.
TCNJ stands at 7-2-2 overall and 2-1-1 in the conference after nearly knocking off a Top 25 team for the second consecutive game.
TCNJ leads the all-time series 22-6-5 with the Raptors holding a 3-2-3 edge since losing to the Lions in the 2005 NJAC championship game. The Scarlet Raptors won last season’s game, 2-0, in Camden.
The Lions took an early lead following a foul in the box midway through the first half. Senior midfielder Kevin Shaw took a penalty kick and converted for his 13th goal of the season.
Rutgers-Camden was kept off the board until 73:12, when senior midfielder Stevan Austino drilled home a left-footed shot after intercepting a clear just outside the box. It was Austino’s fourth goal of the season.
Rutgers-Camden held an 18-14 edge in shots and a 5-3 margin in corner kicks. Raptor senior goalie Mike Randall made nine saves, while Lions senior Aaron Utman notched four saves.
No. 8 Wheaton (Ill.) 2, Carthage 1
WHEATON, Ill. -- Wheaton earned a 2-1 victory against Carthage on Wednesday night. With both sides playing a heavy possession game, the crowd at Joe Bean Stadium was treated to a back and forth match the featured a pair of terrific goalie performances. In the end, the eighth-ranked Thunder was able to execute in the run of play and piece together two goals to slide past the Carthage Red Men 2-1.
The Thunder created the early scoring threats before finally cashing in to take the first lead of the game. Possessing forward out of the midfied, Elliot Borge sent a ball from the middle of the pitch to a streaking Marshall Hollingsworth up the right side of the box. In mid-air, Hollingsworth one-timed the ball back to the middle of the box where Adam Blackman blasted it past Carthage's Nick Huftalin for the game's first goal. Huftalin would allow two goals and make six saves on the night.
Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Carthage stuck with its game plan and finally was able to break through in the middle of the second half. Off a left-side throw-in, Mike Heika was able to reach the box on the fly and the Wheaton header was unable to clear the attack, but instead landed on the right foot of Billy Hamilton whose shot beat Babb to make it 1-1.
Wheaton's response came quickly, playing off the left side, Josh Clark's centering pass sailed to the right side of the box and found the head of Blackman. Blackman's header provided a perfect feed for Hollingsworth, who drove the ball into the net to put Wheaton back ahead 2-1.
The Thunder were up to the task and held on to improve to 7-3 on the season and 1-0 in the CCIW. Carthage fell to 8-4 and 0-1 in conference play.
No. 10 Stevens Institute 2, Wilkes 1
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Tenth-ranked Stevens Institute earned its second-consecutive victory on Wednesday night, downing Wilkes 2-1 to improve to 7-1-1 on the season.
Stevens dominated the Colonels early, putting a number of early shots on goal and taking a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute when sophomore Carson Pryor tallied for the fifth time this season via an assist from senior forward Stephen Dunbar. It was the duos third hook up in the past two games with Pryor's playmaking ability accounting for a pair of Dunbar goals Saturday at Alfred.
Despite dominating play, possession and field position, the Ducks allowed Wilkes (7-4) to make the most of its lone first-half scoring opportunity, getting an equalizer from junior forward Eric McAnena with just 6:53 left before the break.
Stevens ended the opening stanza with a 13-1 edge in shots and a 3-2 margin in corners but the scoreboard showed a tie game.
The Ducks applied pressure in the early moments of the second half, breaking the tie with the game-winner at 53:55 on a score from senior midfielder Curtis Stecyk. It was the first goal and game-winner of the year for the veteran who already has a team-high three assists this season. The play saw a scramble in the box, and Stecyk was there to take advantage of the scoring opportunity.
Stevens continued to apply the pressure deep in the Wilkes zone through the rest of the match as the Colonels only took one second-half shot and ended the game with two. The Ducks also finished with a 10-1 edge in corners.
Senior goalkeeper Paul Killian earned the win for the Ducks in goal and is also now 7-1-1. Senior Dave Marr made six saves in the loss for Wilkes.