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2015 NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament


Semifinal Matches
Championship Match
Wednesday, November 4
Saturday, November 7
#1 Kenyon 1, #4 Oberlin 0 {Box}
Kenyon 3, Ohio Wesleyan 2 {Box}
#2 Ohio Wesleyan 2, #3 DePauw 0 {Box}
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Championship Recap:

Kenyon (17-1) claimed its second straight NCAC Men's Soccer Tournment title with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Ohio Wesleyan (15-4-2) in the championship match on Saturday, November 7, in Gambier, Ohio. The match started out with both teams hunting for scoring chances, but the Lords and Battling Bishops would remain knotted in a scoreless tie through the first half. Kenyon junior forward Tony Amolo (Lagos, Nigeria/Berkshire School, MA) once again got the Lords on the board first after burying a low, hard shot in the near corner at the 56:01 mark of the second half. Just under two minutes later sophomore midfielder Henry Myers (Lebanon, OH/Archbishop Moeller) converted a Jeremiah Barnes (Largo, FL/Clearwater) corner kick into a two-goal advantage for the Lords. That lead almost held up the majority of the second half, but Ohio Wesleyan senior midfielder Lonnie Barnes (Champaign, IL/Centennial) and freshman midfielder Will Sharer (Avon, OH/Avon) both scored within the final minute to bring the game even once again. Most in the spirited crowd thought overtime was likely, however Lords' senior captain Barnes converted a penalty kick with two seconds left on the clock to hand the championship to Kenyon. The Lords outshot the Bishops, 14-9.  OWU junior goalkeeper Ben Farynowski (Grandview Heights, OH/Grandview Hts.) finished with five saves, including one on penalty kick by KC junior midfielder Josh Lee (Mercer Island, WA/Mercer Island) late in the first half. Kenyon junior goalie Sam Clougher (Dublin, Ireland/Berkshire School, MA) finished the game with two saves for the Lords, had two saves in the Kenyon goal.

Semifinal Recaps:

Kenyon (16-1-0), the top seed in the 2015 NCAC Men’s Soccer Tournament, has advanced to the championship game for the third year in a row following a 1-0 victory over fourth-seeded Oberlin (11-7-1) on Wednesday afternoon in Gambier. KC junior forward Tony Amolo (Lagos, Nigeria/Berkshire School, MA) got the Lords on the board first with a goal in the 14th minute and that score would hold through the remainder of the first period and the entire second half. Despite scoring just one goal, the Lords controlled the pace of the match by outshooting the Yeomen, 16-8, and holding a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. KC junior goalie Sam Clougher (Dublin, Ireland/Berkshire School, MA) finished the game with two saves for the Lords, while freshman Koryn Kraemer (Westfield, NJ/Westfield) tallied five saves in goal for the Yeomen. With the victory, the Lords will now host the NCAC Tournament championship match on Saturday against either Ohio Wesleyan in Gambier.

Second-seeded Ohio Wesleyan (15-3-2) defeated third-seeded DePauw (11-3-4) in Wednesday evening’s semifinal match in Delaware, Ohio at the Jay Martin Soccer Complex by a 2-0 decision. With the win, the Bishops will advance to Saturday’s NCAC Tournament championship match where they will take on top-seeded Kenyon, in a re-match of the 2014 final, in Gambier, Ohio. Ohio Wesleyan took the lead when senior Evan Lee (Toledo, OH/St. John's) buried a header with 13:06 left in the first half off a cross from Gunnar Bloecher (Lewis Center/Olentangy Orange). The Bishops would take the one goal lead into the half before adding an insurance marker from senior Brian Schaefer (Chatham, NJ/Chatham) in the 83rd minute. Ohio Wesleyan outshot DePauw, 25-7, and held a 8-2 edge on corner kicks. Ohio Wesleyan junior goalkeeper Ben Farynowski (Grandview Heights, OH/Grandview Hts.) finished with two saves, while senior Chris Yount (St. Louis, M)/MICDS) was credited with six saves in net for DePauw. 



The seeds and pairings are now set for the 2015 NCAC Men’s Soccer Tournament following the completion of the regular season schedule on Saturday, October 31.

Kenyon (15-1-0, 8-1-0) earned its seventh North Coast Athletic Conference championship after finishing the regular season with 24 points. 2015 marks the first time since 1989 that six conference teams will finish the year with 10 or more wins. Ohio Wesleyan leads the league with 23 conference titles followed by Kenyon (7), Wooster (3), Denison (2) and Wittenberg (1).

The Lords enter the NCAC Tournament as the top seed and will host forth-seeded Oberlin (11-6-1, 5-4-0) on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. It will be the second time in the last three years the Lords and Yeomen have met in the semifinals after squaring-off in 2013. Second-seeded Ohio Wesleyan (14-3-2, 7-1-1) will host third-seeded DePauw (11-2-4, 6-1-2) in the other semifinal match at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening. Ohio Wesleyan handed DePauw its only conference loss of the season back on October 20, 3-2. 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 ... 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 fourth-straight year and ninth overall and enters 2015 as the defending champions after defeating OWU in the tournament final a season ago ... Oberlin returns to the tournament for the second time in three years and fourth time overall after having not made the tournament since 2006.