Nov. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Denison Athletics

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Medaille College's high-powered offense proved to be too much for the Denison men's soccer team to handle as the Mavericks opened the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship Tournament with a 3-0 victory over the Big Red on Saturday from Gesling Field at Carnegie Mellon University.

Medaille entered today's game second in the nation in scoring offense averaging just over four goals per match.  Senior midfielder Gary Boughton leads all of Division III in assists per game (1.05) while sophomore forward Alexander Rouse is 15th in the nation in goals per match (0.89).

The Maverick duo showed why they are highly ranked in the national ranks when they hooked up on the game's opening goal in the fourth minute of play.  Boughton fed a pass through the defense to a streaking Rouse who received it at the top of the 18.  Rouse worked down the right sideline and fired a shot past DU goalie Kevin Donahue (Riverside, Conn./Greenwich) into the upper left 90.

Junior Ish Ghodbane (St. Louis, Mo./Ladue Horton Watkins) had an opportunity to tie the game in the 28th minute, but his shot from just outside the 18-yard box sailed just over the cross bar. Just over a minute into the second half, sophomore Preston Wagner (Toronto, Ontario/TASIS American School) unloaded a shot from the left side that went just over the cross bar and landed on the top of the netting.

Medaille added to their lead in the 59th minute when Stuart Ziegler thread a pass through the Big Red defense to George Tor.  Tor won a 1 v 1 battle and found the back of the net to give the Mavericks a 2-0 lead.

Denison had a pair of opportunities to cut the deficit in half.  Junior Lenny Mills (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) ripped a near-side shot from the right side that was batted down by goalkeeper Ryan Goettel.  Just 49 seconds later, Ghodbane fired a free kick from 29 yards out that was corralled by Goettel.

Medaille closed the door on Denison at the 76:22 mark when John Siefert scored his first goal of the season.  Siefert won a deflected ball with the keeper and found the lower left 90 for the score.

The Maverick defense has now gone 1,010 minutes without allowing a goal, and their 0.22 goals-against average leads all of Division III.  Goettel, who ranks second in the country in GAA (0.25) and third in save percentage (.917), finished the day with four saves, while Donahue made five stops over the 90 minute match.

Medaille (18-2-2) now advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and will take on the winner of Thomas More College and Carnegie Mellon University.  The Big Red finished the 2009 season with a 12-5-3 record.