2013 NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament

 

 

OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

2013 NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament Champions

 
Semifinals: Wednesday, Nov. 6 Championship: Saturday, Nov. 9
#1 Ohio Wesleyan 2, #4 DePauw 2 (OWU Advances on PK's, 6-5) {Box Score} Ohio Wesleyan 3, Kenyon 1 {Box Score}
#2 Kenyon 1, #3 Oberlin 0 - {Box Score}  
Tournament Stats

Championship Recap:
A pair of Ohio Wesleyan (19-0-3, 7-0-2) goals within two minutes of each other in the second half secured the Battling Bishops ninth North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament championship, defeating Kenyon (14-4-3, 6-0-3), 3-1, Saturday night in Delaware, Ohio. Ohio Wesleyan jumped out to an early lead after senior Ian O’Keefe (Columbus, OH/Worthington Kilbourne) found the back of the net in just the fifth minute. Jon Stenger (Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty) was credited on O’Keefe’s second goal of the season. Kenyon, who held a 14-12 edge in shots, got the equalizer thanks to an unassisted goal from Alistair Flynn (Stowe, VT/ Shorecrest Prep) at the 33:05 mark. Tied, 1-1, coming out of halftime, Ohio Wesleyan struck twice in a span of less than two minutes as Peter Jacobi (St. Louis, MO/Whitfield School) netted the game winner at the 59:54 mark before Colton Bloecher (Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy Orange) added an insurance goal in the 62nd minute. Both goals were unassisted. In goal, Colin Beemiller (Pickerington, OH/North) made four saves for the Battling Bishops, while the Lords netminder Sam Clougher (Dublin, Ireland/Berskshire School, MA) finished the game with three saves for Kenyon. As the tournament champion, Ohio Wesleyan earns the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament. This will be OWU’s 36th playoff appearance. CLICK HERE to listen to Peter Jacobi's post-game interview.

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Semifinal Recaps:
Following a 2-2 tie in regulation and two overtime periods, Ohio Wesleyan (18-0-3 7-0-2) booked its ticket to the 2013 NCAC Tournament championship game by topping DePauw (14-2-3, 5-2-2), 6-5, in the penalty kick shootout period. The Bishops will now host Kenyon in Saturday's championship match at 7:00 p.m. in Delaware, Ohio. OWU jumped on top midway through the first half on a goal from sophomore Evan Lee (Toledo, OH/St. Johns) off an assist from senior Matt Shadoan (Dublin, OH/Scioto). The Tigers evened the score at 1-1 in the 62nd minute on an unassisted goal from junior Andy Morrison (Bristol, IN/Northridge), but the Bishops regained control and led 2-1 following Lee's second goal of the contest in the 76th minute. Sophomore Brian Schaefer (Chatham, NJ/Chatham) was credited with the assist on the goal. The game-tying goal from DePauw came in the 80th minute on another unassisted goal, this time off the foot of freshman Julian Gonzalez (Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral). The two squads then found themselves in a defensive struggle over the final 10 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods to send the match into the penalty kick shootout session. Both sides connected on their first five PK attempts, before OWU goalie Colin Beemiller (Pickerington, OH/North) swatted away DPU's sixth attempt and senior Alex Stanton (Delaware, OH/Hayes) nailed the Bishops' sixth attempt to propel them into the championship game. OWU dominated the pace of play, holding a 33-15 advantage in shots and a 15-3 advantage in penalty kicks. In goal,  junior Jake Pezzuto (St. Charles, IL/North) made six saves for the Tigers, while Beemiller finished he game with one save for OWU.

Kenyon (14-3-3, 6-0-3) has advanced to the NCAA Tournament championship match for the first time in program history following a 1-0 victory over Oberlin (13-3-4, 5-1-3) in Wednesday's first semifinal match in Gambier, Ohio. After the two teams played to a 0-0 draw in the final regular season game of the season last Saturday, the Lords edged out the Yeomen in Wednesday's semifinal match with a goal off the foot off sophomore Jeremiah Barnes (Largo, FL/Clearwater) in the 23rd minute. Freshman Jordan Glassman (Madison, CT/Suffield Academy) was credited with an assist on the goal. The Lords outshot the Yeomen, 15-6, and held a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks. KC freshman goalie Sam Clougher (Dublin, Ireland/Berskshire School, MA) finished the game with one save, while Oberlin senior netminder Brandt Rentel (Croton, NY/Fieldston School) made five saves.

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Ohio Wesleyan (18-0-2, 7-0-2) earned its sixth-straight North Coast championship with a pair of wins last week. The Battling Bishops defeated Denison and Hiram, both 2-0, to collect their league-leading 22nd conference title. Kenyon has won the second most conference crowns with six, followed by Wooster (3), Denison (2) and Wittenberg (1).

The Battling Bishops enter the NCAC Tournament as the top seed and will host fourth-seeded DePauw (14-2-2, 5-2-2) on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in a re-match of the last two NCAC Tournament Championship games. Second-seeded Kenyon (13-3-3, 6-0-3) will host third-seeded Oberlin (13-2-4, 5-1-3) in the other semifinal match at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Kenyon and Oberlin played to a 0-0 draw Saturday to close out the regular season. 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 ... DePauw returns to its third straight tournament as the defending champions after the Tigers knocked off Ohio Wesleyan in last years title game, 4-2, in penalty kicks ... Ohio Wesleyan, which owns eight NCAC tournament titles, is the only member school that has competed in every tournament since its inaugural year in 2000 ... Kenyon earned a berth in the field of four for the second straight year and seventh all time, while Oberlin returns to the tournament for the first time since 2006 and its third appearance all time.