| October 20, 2013

Top 10 Roundup

No. 1 Ohio Wesleyan 6, Allegheny 0

Senior forward Taylor Rieger scored two goals and set up another to help top-ranked Ohio Wesleyan defeat Allegheny in a North Coast Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday at the Jay Martin Soccer Complex.

The win increased Ohio Wesleyan's record to 16-0-0, continuing the Bishops' best start since 2005.

Ohio Wesleyan outshot Allegheny 28-11.  Junior Colin Beemiller made one save during the first half and sophomore Kiyan Pirgheybi completed the shutout with five saves during the second half. Lichina and Severyn combined for seven saves in the Allegheny goal.

No. T2 Amherst 1, Wesleyan 0

AMHERST, Mass. -- Second-ranked Amherst extended its unbeaten streak to 32 games Saturday, defeating Wesleyan 1-0 on Senior Day at Hitchcock Field.

The Jeffs held off the Cardinals to improve to 10-0-2 overall and 6-0-2 in the NESCAC. With the loss, Wesleyan is now 5-5-1 overall and 4-3 in league play.

Amherst held the advantage in shots with 13 to the Cardinal’s 10 as both teams posted two corner kicks each.

Thomas Bull recorded his sixth shutout of the season for the Jeffs with two stops between the posts. Emmett McConnell made two saves in net for Wesleyan as well.

No. T2 Messiah 5, Stevenson 0

GRANTHAM, Pa. -- At least four different Falcons each scored for a sixth time this season as Messiah played through heavy rain and shutout Stevenson 5-0. Joshua Wood netted the game winner in a two-goal performance while Mike Kovach, Jack Thompson and Ryan Lago also tallied to lead Messiah to a 14-1 record.

The nearly-4,000 fans in attendance didn't have to wait long to erupt as Wood netted his 13th goal of the season in the 12th minute of the game. Wood corralled a bounding ball to the right side of the box and kept his defender on his back before putting a hard strike past keeper Kenneth Hershey.

Wood's goal brought down the cheers and, unfortunately, the rain. The teams played through heavy rainfall for the rest of the first-half, though the Falcons kept up their dominant play and added a goal in the 24th minute. This time, Mike Kovach did the honors by following up a blocked shot from Jeremy Payne.

Messiah would both outshoot and outcorner the Mustangs by a 7-0 measure in the first-half, and would add three more goals after the break.

Jack Thompson scored the back-breaking third goal of the game in the 48th minute off assists from both Jeremy Payne and Mike Kovach. His shot would be from the center of the box after the Mustangs' defense collapsed on the end line before Payne dropped the ball back.

In the 62nd minute Joshua Wood would net his 14th goal of the season on a penalty kick after he was fouled from behind near the PK mark. In the 70th minute Ryan Lago put through his first goal of the season off a through ball from Payne to finish the shutout margin.

Messiah finished a 22-1 advantage in shots and 13-0 advantage in corners.

Stevenson falls to 7-7-2 overall with the loss, with a mark of 2-2-1 in the Commonwealth.

Salisbury 3, No. 4 York (Pa.) 1

SALISBURY, Md. -– In a physical, conference clash at the SU Soccer Complex, Salisbury knocked off No. 4 York (Pa.) 3-1 to remain the only undefeated team remaining in the Capital Athletic Conference with a 5-0 record.

From the blow of the whistle to start the match, every second proved to be entertaining until the clock finally wound down. In a match that drew 38 fouls (18 apiece), five yellow cards and one red, the rivalry deemed nothing short of a classic match between the two programs.

Sophomore goalkeeper Drew Staedeli and the defense held the back line strong in another untouchable performance. Staedeli finished the match with five saves, moving his record to 13-2 for the season. Juniors Kyle Westbrook and Logan Becker and sophomore Cy McNeill played the entire 90 minutes, while senior Chase Humphrey and junior Jeff Byrnes contributed in the Sea Gull wall.

Tanner East, Elliott Crompton and Adam Quigley scored the goals for Salisbury.

No. 5 Stevens 3, Elmira 0

ELMIRA, N.Y. -- Fifth-ranked Stevens earned its sixth-consecutive win and pitched its fourth-consecutive shutout, improving to 11-1-1 overall and 4-0 in the Empire 8 with a 3-0 win at Elmira Saturday.

The Ducks have now clinched a sixth-consecutive berth to the Empire 8 championship and currently have a 1.5-game lead against second place Ithaca (2-1 Empire 8) in the standings.

Since its home loss to Houghton back on September 21, Stevens has won six in a row, five via shutout. During the winning streak, the Ducks have tallied 17 goals, while only allowing one against in the first half of a 2-1 win at Wilkes. Since then, Stevens has held the opposition scoreless in a full four matches, and the Ducks have not allowed a goal against in 411:53 of game time.

Stevens – currently 4-0 in the conference – has not dropped a regular season Empire 8 contest since it fell at Elmira by a 2-0 final back on October 17, 2009. The Ducks finished that season with four- wins in a row and are 21-0-1 since that time.

No. 6 Wisconsin-Oshkosh 3, Lawrence 2

APPLETON, Wis. — Karl Bock scored in the 75th minute to lift No. 6 UW-Oshkosh to a 3-2 nonconference victory against Lawrence on Saturday at Whiting Field West.

Bock scored off an assist from Nick Woodbury to break a 2-2 tie and keep the Titans (11-0-4) unbeaten on the season.

Lawrence (5-8-1) had trailed 2-0 early in the second half, but Santiago Alvarez changed that in a three-minute span. Alvarez scored his first goal of the season off assists from Sean Salansky and Brendan Flynn to trim the margin to 2-1 at 60:50. Alvarez struck again on an unassisted goal at 63:49 to tie the match at 2-2.

Nick Barry made three saves to pick up the win for the Titans. Joe Krivit stopped six shots for Lawrence.

No. 7 UT-Dallas 3, Concordia 0

RICHARDSON, Texas -- No. 7 UT Dallas continued its march through the American Southwest Conference Saturday afternoon, shutting down Concordia Texas 3-0.

The Comets, who lead the conference with a 5-0-2 record in ASC games, ran their record-setting undefeated streak to 14 games and are now 11-0-3 on the season. Concordia fell to 1-8-2 overall, 1-4-1 in the ASC.

UTD is ranked No. 7 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national Division III poll.

The Comets again waited until the second half to break the game open. After nursing a tenuous 1-0 lead at intermission, UTD put together back-to-back goals in just :18 midway through the second half, and that was enough to insure the victory as Concordia was held to just one shot after intermission.

UTD got the game winner just 16:49 into the match when junior midfielder Omar Jaroun took a long entry pass from freshman Sam Konstanty on the left side and gunned a shot past the CTX defense and goalkeeper Nick Martin.

No. 9 Wheaton (Ill.) 2, Illinois Wesleyan 1

WHEATON, Ill. -- No. 9 Wheaton (Ill.) defeated conference foe Illinois Wesleyan 2-1 on Saturday night at Joe Bean Stadium in a physical match. Saturday's match was Wheaton's third contest in four days.

Wheaton is now 12-3-1 in the year and has posted an 8-0-1 record in its last eight games. Wheaton, ranked ninth, is now 3-0-1 in CCIW play. 

Illinois Wesleyan's John Pisani scored just six minutes into the match to give the Titans the early 1-0 lead. Eric Gilbert contributed an assist to Pisani's goal. A few minutes later, senior Josh Clark blasted in a goal from 25 yards out to tie the match at 1-1 at 8:28 mark of the contest. Wheaton out-shot the Titans 17-10 in the first half, and two teams were tied 1-1 at halftime.

Thunder goalkeeper Derek Babb saved a Titan penalty kick attempt in the 50th minute. The shot went to Babb's right side and Babb slid to the far post to collect the ball and prevent the key scoring opportunity for the Titans. In the 70th minute Wheaton senior Jordan Golz distributed a pass through to his brother Stephen Golz who shot the ball into the far post for his team-best 12th goal of the year to give Wheaton a 2-1 lead. Wheaton maintained the 2-1 advantage for the remainder of the night to earn the victory. Wheaton out-shot the Titans 9-7 in the second.

Babb made two saves in the Wheaton goal tonight, with one goal allowed in 90 minutes. Illinois Wesleyan netminder Andrew Reed made five saves, with two goals allowed. Wheaton out-shot the Titans 26-17 in the match and the hosts owned a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.

No. 10 St. Lawrence 3, Bard 0

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Nationally-ranked No. 10 St. Lawrence extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games with a 3-0 win against Bard (2-15, 0-7) on Saturday in a Liberty League contest. The victory, which moved the Saints to 11-1-2 and 6-0 in the league, was head coach Bob Durocher's 300th of his 22-year career at the helm of the St. Lawrence men's program.

St. Lawrence dominated from the start and was led by junior assistant captain Mark Provost, who had his second consecutive two-goal game, bringing his weekend total to four.

Sophomore Seyefe Brouk opening the scoring in the 19th minute when he collected a pass from Provost in the box and beat Bard goalkeeper Daniel Gagne from close range. Although St. Lawrence outshot Bard 21-0 in the first half, it was 1-0 at halftime.

Provost made it 2-0 in the 47th minute with an incredible blast from the right side that hit the upper right corner and bounced into the net. Andrew Bednarsky earned the assist.

Provost would cap the Saints' scoring in the 71st minute, hitting home a nice centering pass from Praveen Balakumaran.

Bard didn't get a shot off until the 88th minute, and in the 89th minute, junior goalkeeper Aaron Costello was called to make a save off a long shot from Christian Letourneau to earn his 11th shutout of the season and improve to 11-0-2 on the season.

St. Lawrence held heavy advantages in both shots (36-2) and corner kicks (12-0). Daniel Gagne made 13 saves for the Raptors in 90:00 minutes.