2016 NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament

           

2016 NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament Champions

KENYON  

Semifinal Matches
Championship Match
Wednesday, November 2
Saturday, November 5
#1 Kenyon 4, #4 DePauw 1 {Box}
Kenyon 2, Oberlin 1 - 2OT {Box}
#2 Oberlin 2, #3 Wabash 1 {Box}
 
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The topped-seeded Kenyon Lords posted a 2-1 double overtime victory over second-seeded Oberlin on Saturday in Gambier to claim its third-straight NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament Title. With the two squads locked in a 1-1 draw for nearly 73 minutes of action between regulation and extra time, KC finally broke the tie in the third minute of the second overtime session on a breakaway goal from freshman forward Philippe  Stengel (Miami, FL/Coral Reef Senior) off a through pass from KC senior goalie Sam Clougher (Dublin, Ireland/Berkshire Academy, MA).

With the win, the Lords have earned the NCAC's automatic bid into the 2016 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament, which opens with first & second round matches next weekend, Nov. 11-13.

Oberlin wasted little time lighting up the scoreboard in Gambier as senior forward Sam Weiss (Oberlin, OH/Oberlin) took a crossing pass from junior midfielder Jonah Blume-Kemkes (Santa Monica, CA/Harvard Westlake) in the fourth minute and beat KC senior goalie Sam Clougher (Dublin, Ireland/Worcester Academy, MA) on a long shot to put the Yeomen up 1-0. The Lords then evened the score at 1-1 in the 30th minute off a shot into the upper left corner of the goal from junior defender Billy O'Neill (Kohler, WI/Kohler Senior).

Kenyon fired off 17 shots in the game compared to just seven for Oberlin, while the Yeomen held a slight 5-4 advantage over the Lords in corner kick opportunities.

Oberlin sophomore goalie Koryn Kraemer (Billings, MT/Billings) made seven total saves in goal for the Yeomen, while Clougher hauled in two out of the three shots that he faced on goal.

After delivering the game-winning tally for the Lords, Stengel also highlighted the 2016 NCAC Men's Soccer All-Tournament team by earning Most Valuable Player honors.

All-Tournament Team

Julian Gonzalez, DePauw
Jay Wheeler, DePauw
Spase Dorsuleski, Wabash
Francisco Trejo, Wabash
Galen Brennan, Oberlin
Nick Wertman, Oberlin
Adam Chazin-Gray, Oberlin
Bret Lowry, Kenyon
Oliver Wynn, Kenyon
Aleberto Carmona, Kenyon

Tournament MVP -- Philippe Stengel, Kenyon

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Semifinal Recaps:

Top-seeded Kenyon (16-2) booked its ticket to its fourth-straight NCAC Men’s Soccer Tournament championship match after posting a convincing 4-1 victory over fourth-seeded DePauw (11-5-2) on Wednesday in Gambier. DePauw opened the scoring in the match on a header from senior forward Jonathan Wheeler (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville) off a free kick sent into the box from senior midfielder E.J. Moore (Carmel, IN/Cathedral) just eight minutes into the match. Kenyon senior forward Tony Amolo (Lagos, Nigeria/Berkshire School, MA) tied the match up at 1-1 on a breakaway opportunity off a feed from sophomore defenderBret Lowry (Evanston, IL/Evanston Twp.) midway through the first half. Just two minutes later Lowry then headed home a goal of his own off a throw in from junior Woo Jeon (Madison, WI/West) to put the Lords on top 2-1. Senior midfielder Josh Lee (Mercer Island, WA/Mercer Island) gave the Lords an insurance goal in the 62nd minute after he beat several defenders and fired a shot past the DPU goalie, while sophomore forward Brice Koval (Crested Butte, CO/Worcester Academy, MA) sealed the victory for the Lords with a goal in the 68th minute. KC senior goalie Sam Clougher (Dublin, Ireland/Berkshire School, MA) finished the match with three saves between the pipes for the Lords, while DPU senior goalie Harrison Glover (Wyoming, OH/Wyoming) pulled in just one save in the match for the Tigers.

In Wednesday’s other semifinal contest, second-seeded Oberlin earned a berth into the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship match for the first time in school history by defeating the third-seeded Wabash (11-6-2, 6-2-1), 2-1, at Fred Shults Field in Oberlin, Ohio. The victory moved the Yeomen to 15-3-1 overall, marking the most wins in a season in program history. Oberlin struck first when senior Nick Wertman (Westlake, OH/Westlake) buried a chance off a lead pass from Trenton Bulucea (Cleveland Heights, OH/University School) in the 24th minute to give the Yeomen a one-goal lead at half. Oberlin’s insurance goal came when Wertman scored his second of the game and 16th of the season assisted by Timothy Williams (Rabun Gap, GA/Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School) and Bulucea. Wabash battled back to cut the deficit to one in the 83rd minute as Francisco Trejo (Houston, TX/KIPP Houston) scored his second goal of the year but the Yeomen would hold the Little Giants scoreless over the final six minutes for the win. Wabash ended with a 15-12 edge in shots, but shots on goal were even at five. Oberlin also worked its way to eight corners compared to the Little Giants three. Senior Dayton Jennings (Noblesville, IN / Noblesville) made three stops in net for the Little Giants, while Oberlin sophomore keeperKoryn Kraemer (Westfield, NJ/Westfield) grabbed four saves to pick up the win. Oberlin will now face top-seeded Kenyon on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. for the NCAC Championship in Gambier, Ohio. 

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The seeds and pairings are now set for the 2016 NCAC Men’s Soccer Tournament following the completion of the regular season schedule on Saturday, October 29.

Kenyon (15-2-0, 8-1-0) earned its eighth North Coast Athletic Conference championship after finishing the regular season with 24 points. 2016 marks the second-straight year and third time in the last four years that five conference teams will finish the year with 10 or more wins. Ohio Wesleyan leads the league with 23 conference titles followed by Kenyon (8), Wooster (3), Denison (2) and Wittenberg (1).

The Lords enter the NCAC Tournament as the top seed and will host fourth-seeded DePauw (11-4-2, 6-3-0) on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. DePauw handed Kenyon its only conference loss of the season back on October 1, 2-1. Despite both programs having advanced to the tournament for five-consecutive seasons, Wednesday will mark the first-time the Lords and Tigers have matched up in NCAC postseason action. Second-seeded Oberlin (14-3-1, 7-2-0) will host third-seeded Wabash (11-5-2, 6-2-1) in the other semifinal match at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening. Oberlin is making its second-straight and fifth tournament appearance overall, while Wabash is returning to the tournament field for the second-time in program history after making its debut in 2013. 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 currently owns the lonest active streak of six-straight appearances in the NCAC Tournament and is looking to earn its third title during the stretch ... Kenyon earned a berth in the field of four for the fifth-straight year and 10th overall and enters 2016 as the two-time defending champions after defeating OWU in the tournament final a season ago ... Oberlin is making its second-straight and fifth tournament appearance overall, while Wabash is returning to the tournament for the second-time in program history after making its debut in 2013. Since the inaugural tournament in 1999, Ohio Wesleyan leads all programs with 10 titles, followed by Denison, DePauw and Kenyon all with two and Allegheny with one.