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2019 NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament

         

 

2019 NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament Champions

KENYON

   

Semifinal Matches Championship Match
Wednesday, November 6 Saturday, November 9

#1 Kenyon 5, #4 Oberlin 1 - {Boxscore}

#2 Ohio Wesleyan 1, #3 Wabash 0 {Boxscore}

#1 Kenyon 2, #2 Ohio Wesleyan 1 - {Boxscore}

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The topped-seeded Kenyon Lords posted a 2-1 victory against second-seeded Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday (Nov. 9) in Gambier to claim their fifth NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament Title. 

Ohio Wesleyan got on the board first in the 24th minute with a goal from Brady Whitekind (Hilliard, OH/Bradley) on a cross from Hector Gomez (Columbus, OH/St. Francis DeSales). It was Whitekind’s ninth goal of the season for the Battling Bishops. Kenyon tied the game up in the 58th minute on a Sam Carson (Denver, CO/Denver East) goal after he received a pass from Chayne Buneau (Glastonbury, CT/Loomis Chaffee) and deposited it in the back of the net. It was Carson’s seventh goal of the season. The Lords hit the go-ahead goal in the 74th minute as Atli Hrafnkelsson (Hafnarfjorour, Iceland/Verzlunarskoli Islands) took an unassisted shot in the box. It was his ninth goal the season. Kenyon outshot Ohio Wesleyan 12-6 in the game and had a 7-5 advantage in corner kicks. The Battling Bishops' Chase Agin (Blacklick, OH/Columbus St. Francis DeSales) and Kenyon's Ian McInturf (Cincinnati, OH/Cincinati Country Day) each recorded one save in the game.

With the win, the Lords have earned the NCAC's automatic bid into the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament and will await their NCAA selection which will be released Monday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m.

All-Tournament Team
Nic Jandeleit, Oberlin
Charlie Stube, Oberlin
Michael Tanchevski, Wabash
Chad Wunderlich, Wabash
Brady Whittekind, Ohio Wesleyan
Joe Brush, Ohio Wesleyan
Hector Gomez, Ohio Wesleyan
Scott Upton, Kenyon
Atli Hrafnkelsson, Kenyon
John Penas, Kenyon
Sam Carson, Kenyon
MVP: Chayne Bruneau, Kenyon

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SEMIFINALS:

The top seeds held in the semifinal round of the 2019 NCAC Soccer Tournament on Wednesday (Nov. 6) as No. 1-seed Kenyon claimed a 5-1 victory over No.4-seed Oberlin, and No. 2-seed Ohio Wesleyan defeated No. 3-seed Wabash, 1-0. The Lords will host the Battling Bishops in the championship final on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The winner of Saturday’s tournament final earns the NCAC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III tournament.

It’s the seventh-straight trip to the championship game for the Lords, winning it all in 2014, ‘15, ‘16 and ‘18. After Oberlin scored a Nic Jandeleit (Menlo Park, CA/Menlo-Atherton) goal in the first minute of the game, Kenyon tallied five unanswered goals. Lords sophomore Scott Upton (Perrysburg, OH/St. Francis DeSales) tallied a pair of goals in the game, including the game-winner in the 49th minute. Kenyon also picked up tallies from junior Jack Cohen (Chappagua, NY/Horace Greeley), sophomore Aiden Schoellkopf (Warren, VT/Northfield Mount Hermon) and freshman Atli Hrafnkelsson (Hafnarfjorour, Iceland/Verzlunarskoli Islands). The Lords improved to 16-1-2 on the season, while Oberlin dropped to 8-11-0.

The Bishops advance to the championship game for the 16th time in program history. Ohio Wesleyan scored the game’s lone goal in the 20th minute on a Hector Gomez (Columbus, OH/St. Francis DeSales) pass to Joe Brush (Lawrenceburg, IN/East Central) for his second goal of the season. Ohio Wesleyan outshot Wabash, 12-6, including a seven to three advantage in shots on goal. Ohio Wesleyan improved to 13-4-3 on the season, while Wabash fell to 10-6-3.

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SEEDINGS & PAIRINGS:

Kenyon (7-0-2) earned its 11th North Coast Athletic Conference championship after finishing the regular season with 23 points. Ohio Wesleyan leads the league with 23 conference titles followed by Kenyon (11), Wooster (3), Denison (2) and Wittenberg (1).

Ohio Wesleyan (7-1-1) finished second in the regular season standings, followed by Wabash (5-2-2), Oberlin (5-4), DePauw (4-4-1), Denison (4-5-0), Wooster (3-6-0), Wittenberg (3-6-0), Hiram (2-7-0) and Allegheny (2-7-0).

Following the completion of the regular season schedule on Saturday, November 2, the seeds and pairings are now set for the 2019 NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament. 

The Lords enter the NCAC Tournament as the top seed and will host fourth-seeded Oberlin on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 2:00 p.m. Kenyon defeated the Yeomen, 5-1, in the regular season on October 30. Second-seeded Ohio Wesleyan will host third-seeded Wabash in the other semifinal match at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Wabash defeated Ohio Wesleyan, 1-0, for the first time in program history on October 26 during the regular season.

The semifinal winners will meet in the championship match on Saturday, November 9.

TOURNEY NOTES: The tournament winner receives the NCAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament ... Kenyon, making its 13th overall appearance in the field of four, currently owns the longest active streak of eight-straight and will enter postseason play with four tournament titles ... The Lords maneuvered through the tournament bracket a year ago as the No. 1 seed by knocking off No. 4 Wabash, 1-0 (2OT), in the semifinals and No. 2 Ohio Wesleyan, 4-0, in the championship final ... Ohio Wesleyan returns to the NCAC postseason for the 19th time with a league-high 10 titles ... Wabash is returning to the tournament for the fifth-time in program history after making its debut in 2013 … Oberlin is making its sixth appearance overall and first since 2016 when it reached the tournament title match against Kenyon.