OWU Wins 10th Men's Soccer Tournament Title

OWU earned its league-leading 10 NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament title on Saturday
OWU earned its league-leading 10 NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament title on Saturday

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After 110 minutes of scoreless action and a 2-2 tie after the first five penalty kicks in the championship match of the 2017 NCAC Men’s Soccer Tournament between top-seeded Kenyon (15-2-3) and second-seeded Ohio Wesleyan (12-6-2), the Bishops booked their ticket to the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament for a record 40th time in history on the sixth PK opportunity.

OWU junior midfielder Jack Shadoan (Dublin, OH/Scioto) stepped up to the penalty mark and drilled his shot past Kenyon freshman goalie Ian McInturf (Cincinnati, OH/Country Day), while sophomore goalie J.P. Baughman (Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales) swatted away the attempt of KC freshman defender Collyn Carpenter (Charlotte, NC/South Mecklenburg) to give the Bishops their league-leading 10th NCAC men’s soccer tournament title and their first since 2013. 

With Kenyon entering the match ranked second in the NCAA Div. III Great Lakes Region, the Lords must now wait until Monday (11/6) to see if they will earn one of the at-large invitations into the national tournament. 

The most impressive feat of the match may have been the fact that Baughman sat on the bench for the first 90 minutes of action and the two 10-minute OT sessions as classmate Mike Heeschen (Gettysburg, PA/Gettysburg Area) controlled the OWU net with five saves in 110 minutes of action. 

The momentum appeared to be on the side of the Lords through the first three PK opportunities as all three OWU attempts were stopped by McInturf and the Lords held the 1-0 advantage on a rocket shot from senior Oliver Wynn (Natick, MA/Natick). However, OWU pushed it to the sixth PK opportunity on a pair of successful tries from junior Will Sharer (Avon, OH/Avon) and sophomore Charles Branche III (Washington, DC/Landon School, MD)

Kenyon did control the pace of play during regulation and the two 10-minute OT sessions, outshooting OWU, 18-8, and holding an 11-1 edge in corner kick tries. 

The 2017 NCAC Men’s Soccer All-Tournament team was announced at the conclusion of the match, with OWU’s Baughman being named the MVP. Baughman also made three saves in 91:52 minutes of action during the Bishops’ 3-2 OT win over Wabash in the semifinals on Wednesday night.

2017 NCAC Men’s Soccer All-Tournament Team 

Jack Thomas, Denison
Luis Zamora, Denison
Cory Sims, Wabash
Spase Dorsuleski, Wabash
Alberto Carmona, Kenyon
Bret Lowry, Kenyon
Brice Koval, Kenyon
Jack Shadoan, OWU
Trey Olsen, OWU
Mike Heeschen, OWU
Brady Wittekind, OWU

Tournament MVP -- J.P. Baughman, OWU

Semifinal Matches Championship Match
Wednesday, November 1 Saturday, November 4
#1 Kenyon, 1, #4 Denison 0 (Box) Ohio Wesleyan 0, Kenyon 0 - 2OT {Box}
OWU earns the tournament title in PKs, 3-2
#2 Ohio Wesleyan 3, #3 Wabash 2 - OT (Box)  
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Semifinal Recaps:

In the semifinal round of the 2017 NCAC Men’s Soccer Tournament on Wednesday afternoon, top-seeded Kenyon (15-2-1) shutout fourth-seeded Denison (7-8-3), 1-0, in Gambier, while second-seeded Ohio Wesleyan (12-6-1) knocked-off third-seeded Wabash (11-6-1), 3-2, in an overtime thriller in Delaware. The Lords and Bishops will now square off for the fourth time in five years for the NCAC Tournament Title at 12:00 p.m. in Gambier. The winner of Saturday's tournament final takes the NCAC's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III tournament.  

Kenyon booked its fifth-straight trip to the championship game after junior forward Brice Koval (Crested Butte, CO/Worcester Academy, MA) scored the lone goal of the contest in the 38th minute, assisted by senior Oliver Wynn (Natick, MA/Natick). It was Koval’s sixth goal of the season and the second-straight year he has found the net in the NCAC semifinals. The victory extended the Lord’s win streak to 11 games, including four-straight via the shutout. The Lords controlled the pace of the match by outshooting the Big Red, 34-4, and held a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks. Kenyon freshman goalie Ian McInturf (Cincinnati, OH/Cincinnati Country Day) finished the game with two saves for the Lords, while senior Jack Thomas (Denver, CO/Colorado Academy) tallied 10 saves in goal for the Big Red. 

The Bishops advanced to the championship game for the 14th time in program history when Will Sharer (Avon, OH/Avon) scored just 1:52 into overtime to complete the come-from-behind victory. Wabash struck first when senior Cory Sims (Camby, IN/Mooresville) headed home a lose ball in the box off a corner in the 45th minute to take a 1-0 lead into the half. OWU tied the contest in the 54th minute when Ryan Roberts (Lima, OH/Shattuck-St.Mary’s (MN)) tallied his fifth goal of the season off a pass from Trey Olsen (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook, North) to make the score 1-1. Sims notched his second goal of the game just four minutes later, firing a ball that rebounded off the Bishop goalkeeper into the back of the net for his sixth goal of the season to give Wabash the 2-1 lead. Trailing late and battling rainy conditions, Ben Sobotka (Dublin, OH/Jerome) scored his fifth goal of the season to even the match at 2-2 in the 89th minute to force overtime and eventual lift the Bishops into the title game. Ohio Wesleyan outshot Wabash 13-6 in the second period after the visiting Little Giants held an 8-7 edge in shots over the opening 45 minutes. Freshman goalkeeper Demitri Lee (Huntertown, IN/Carroll) made five saves for Wabash, while J.P. Baughman (Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales) finished with three saves.


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The seeds and pairings are now set for the 2017 NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament following the completion of the regular season schedule on Saturday, October 28.

Kenyon (9-0-0) earned its ninth North Coast Athletic Conference championship after finishing the regular season with 27 points. Ohio Wesleyan leads the league with 23 conference titles followed by Kenyon (9), Wooster (3), Denison (2) and Wittenberg (1).

The Lords enter the NCAC Tournament as the top seed and will host fourth-seeded Denison (4-2-3) on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Kenyon defeated Denison, 3-1, back on September 30th, the third win of the Lords current 10-game winning streak. Wednesday will mark the return of the Big Red to the NCAC Tournament for the first time since 2010 when Denison defeated Kenyon in the semifinals. Second-seeded Ohio Wesleyan (7-1-1) will host third-seeded Wabash (5-3-1) in the other semifinal match at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening. Ohio Wesleyan is returning to the tournament after missing out a season ago for the first time in program history, while Wabash enters for the second-straight season and the third time overall. This will be the first ever meeting between the two programs in NCAC Tournament history. Ohio Wesleyan blanked Wabash, 4-0, on October 14th.   

The semifinal winners will meet in the championship match on Saturday, November 4th.