2014 NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament

     

 
Semifinal Matches
Championship Match
Tuesday, November 4th
Saturday, November 8
#2 Kenyon 3, #3 Wabash 0  {Box Score}
Kenyon 2, Ohio Wesleyan 1 - OT {Box Score}
Wednesday, November 5  
#1 Ohio Wesleyan 3, #4 DePauw 2 {Box Score}
 
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Championship Recap:
Kenyon (17-1-1) claimed its first NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament title with 2-1 overtime victory over Ohio Wesleyan (15-4-2) in the Championship match on Saturday, November 8 in Delaware, Ohio. OWU struck first when Colton Bloecher (Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy Orange), the Battling Bishops' leading scorer, headed home a pass from Brian Schaefer (Chatham, NJ/Chatham) in the seventh minute for an early 1-0 lead. Kenyon found the equalizer in the 30th minute as a corner from Nate Petrou (Kingston, MA/Silver Lake Regional) was headed by Logan Ernst (Superior, CO/Monarch) in the center of the box, deflected off an OWU defender, and Woo Jeon (Madison, WI/West) finished with a header of his own to tie the match at one. With 90 minutes complete, the game-winner came with 2:15 left in overtime when Dalton Eudy (Dallas, TX/Jesuit College Prep) fielded a pass from the left side, whirled past a defender, and shot across to the right side of the goal. Kenyon outshot Ohio Wesleyan, 24-17, as Colin Beemiller (Pickerington, OH/North) finished with eight saves for OWU and Sam Clougher (Dublin, Ireland/Berkshire School (MA)) recorded three saves in net for Kenyon. The Lords also had an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks. With the win the Lords earn the NCAC's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament. Ohio Wesleyan may also be under consideration for a bid. The NCAA selections will be released on Monday. 

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Semifinal Recaps:
Top-seeded Ohio Wesleyan (15-3-2, 8-0-1) booked its eighth-straight ticket to the NCAC Tournament championship game by topping DePauw (10-8-1, 5-3-1), 3-2, in Wednesday’s semifinal contest. The Bishops will now host Kenyon in Saturday's championship match at 7:00 p.m. in Delaware, Ohio.  It was the Bishops who opened up the scoring, wasting no time as Matt Cohen (Cincinnati, OH/Seven Hills) blasted a 20-yard shot that found the back of the net just 1:30 into the game. The Tigers were able to answer in the 17th minute when Julian Gonzalez (Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral) sent a cross that found the head of Andy Morrison (Bristol, IN/Northridge) to tie the contest. Ohio Wesleyan was quick to retake the lead when Colton Bloecher (Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy Orange) scored on a pass from Brian Schaefer (Chatham, NJ/Chatham) in the 20th minute, as the Bishops took a 2-1 lead into halftime. Ohio Wesleyan junior Evan Lee (Toledo, OH/St. Johns) was credited with what proved to be the game-winning goal when he scored his fourth of the season in the 76th minute off an assist from Bloecher. Trailing 3-1, the Tigers got an unassisted tally from junior Mitch Reavis (Clarendon Hills, IL/Hinsdale Central) in the 81st minute, but the Bishops would hold on for the 3-2 victory. Colin Beemiller (Pickerington, OH/North) made one save in the win and Chris Yount (St. Louis, Mo/MICDS) made four saves in defeat, coming in for Jake Pezzuto (St. Charles, IL/St. Charles North) after he sustained an injury in the opening minutes.

Second-seeded Kenyon (16-1-1, 7-1-1) defeated third-seeded Wabash (13-3-3, 6-2-1) in Tuesday afternoon’s semifinal match in Gambier, Ohio, by a 3-0 decision. With the win, the Lords will advance to Saturday’s NCAC Tournament championship match where they will take on top-seeded Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware, Ohio. Kenyon got an own goal in the seventh minute that sparked a two-goal flurry in the first 10 minutes to take early momentum in the contest. Sophomore Tony Amolo (Lagos, Nigeria/Berkshire School (MA)) gave the Lords a two-goal advantage at the 8:22 mark off an assist from sophomore Jordan Glassman (Madison, CT/Suffield Academy). After taking a 2-0 lead into the half, Amolo recorded his 14th goal of the season in the 50th minute of the contest to close out the scoring for the Lords. Kenyon sophomore Sam Clougher (Dublin, Ireland/Berkshire School (MA)) finished the game with one save in net for the Lords while sophomore Dayton Jennings (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) was credited with nine saves in goal for the Little Giants.  

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Ohio Wesleyan (14-3-2, 8-0-1) earned its seventh-straight North Coast championship with a pair of wins last week. The Battling Bishops defeated Denison and Hiram, to collect their league-leading 23rd 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 (10-7-1, 5-3-1) on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in a re-match of last year’s NCAC Tournament Semifinal contest. Second-seeded Kenyon (15-1-1, 7-1-1) will host third-seeded Wabash (13-2-3, 6-2-1) in the other semifinal match at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Wabash handed Kenyon its only loss of the regular season back on October 18, 1-0. 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 ... Ohio Wesleyan, which owns nine NCAC tournament titles, is the only member school that has competed in every tournament since its inaugural year in 2000 and enters 2014 as the defending champions ... DePauw returns to its fourth-straight tournament, having captured two of the last three championships ... Kenyon earned a berth in the field of four for the third-straight year and eighth overall after falling to OWU in the tournament final a season ago, while Wabash is making its first appearance in the NCAC tourney since joining the league in 1999.