2010 NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament

Semifinals: Wednesday, Nov. 3rd Championship: Saturday, Nov. 6
#1 Ohio Wesleyan 2, #4 Allegheny 0 {Box Score} #1 Ohio Wesleyan 3, #3 Denison 1 {Box Score}
#3 Denison 2, #2 Kenyon 1 {Box Score}  

Tournament Stats

OHIO WESLEYAN University - 2010 NCAC MEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS

OWU

Championship Match Recap:
Ohio Wesleyan (16-1-2) claimed its eighth North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament championship by defeating third-seeded Denison (10-8-1), 3-1, in the title game. Battling Bishop senior midfielder Tyler Wall (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) scored the game-winner with 5:09 left in the first half. The goal put the Battling Bishops up, 2-1, after Denison had taken a 1-0 lead early on a goal by DU senior forward Lenny Mills (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair) 2:39 into the contest. Junior midfielder Dylan Stone (Easton, CT/Barlow) evened the game at 1-1 in the 18th minute, and an insurance goal was provided by senior midfielder Ryan Harmanis (Hilliard, OH/Davidson) with 21 minutes remaining.

As the tournament champion, Ohio Wesleyan earns the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament. This will be OWU’s 33rd playoff appearance. Kenyon, ranked 17th in last week’s national poll, should also get consideration for an at-large berth. First-round games are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 11. Combined first-and second-round dates are also set for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13 and Nov. 14. Complete matchups and site information will be released by the NCAA on Monday at www.ncaa.com.

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Semifinal Round Recap:
Ohio Wesleyan, the tournament's top seed, cruised to victory in the semifinal round, blanking Allegheny, 2-0, in Delaware on Wednesday evening.  Senior Tyler Wall (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) scored both goals to help lift the Battling Bishops to their fourth-straight NCAC Tournament championship match.  In Wednesday's other semifinal match, third-seeded Denison upset No. 2 seed Kenyon, 2-1, in Gambier.  Big Red senior Ish Ghodbane (St. Louis, Mo./Ladue Horton Watkins) scored the game-winner in the 34th minute off a feed from freshman Jamie Wagner (Tornoto, Ontario/Upper Canada College).  For the second consecutive year, Ohio Wesleyan and Denison will meet for the NCAC Tournament championship on Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. in Delaware.  Denison defeated OWU, 2-1, in double overtime of last season's championship match.

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Sunday, Oct. 30: Ohio Wesleyan enters the NCAC Tournament as the top seed and will host fourth-seeded Allegheny (4-3-1, 8-7-3) on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m.  The two squads will be meeting for the second time in less then a week as the Bishops blanked the Gators, 5-0, in the regular-season finale on Saturday evening.  Second-seeded Kenyon (6-1-1, 14-1-2) will host third-seeded Denison (4-3-1, 9-7-1) in the other semifinal match at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.  In their previous meeting last Tuesday, the Lords and Big Red battled to a 0-0 draw.  The championship game is set for Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed to emerge from the semifinal round.

Tourney Notes: The tournament winner receives the NCAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament ... Denison is the defending tournament champion after defeating Ohio Wesleyan in double overtime by a 2-1 margin last year.  Since the inaugural NCAC Tournament in 2000, Ohio Wesleyan is the only member school to compete in every tournament.  Kenyon, which has made five all-time NCAC Tournament appearances, is making its third-consecutive trip to the tournament, while Denison returns to the field for the second-straight season and eighth all-time ... Ohio Wesleyan is the all-time leader in tournament championships with seven and was a perfect 7-0 in championship games prior to last season’s setback against Denison in the title match.  Should the Denison men and women both advance to the championship game of thier respective tournaments as host, the women would play first, followed by the men (rotation set by even or odd years).