Men’s Soccer Up Against Tough Teams
By: Jake Haubner ‘16
*When were the games?
The Tigers took on Wilmington on Sept. 7 to cap off the Wilmington Kiwanis Classic. Wilmington defended their home turf by defeating the Tigers. The Tigers went toe-to-toe with the Quakers through the first half, with the score being 1-1. Reed Glosser had the Tiger’s goal. The goal was unassisted. But, Wilmington came out and played a wonderful second half. In the second half Wilmington poured it on, scoring three goals in the second half to end the game at 4-1. James Van Artdalen did have six saves in the contest. The Tigers got off 10 shots in the whole game with four of them being on goal. Reed Glosser led the way with two shots. Wilmington ended the game with 20 shots. Ten of them were on goal. Senior Kevin Bond continued to play well. Bond was named to the all-tournament team. Not only was Kevin Bond great defensively all weekend, he also chipped in one goal in Friday’s win to help get the win versus Marietta to get them to game versus Wilmington. Kevin Bond has led the Tigers all season offensively. He has four goals already along with 10 shots on goal out of 12 total shots.
Men’s Soccer team had a tough week with great matchup against the eighth ranked Ohio Northern Polar Bears. The Tigers were a heavy underdog going into the match and fell short in Ada, Ohio. The Tigers faced a barrage of shots from Ohio Northern. Ohio Northern took 31 shots. Fifteen of the shots were on goal and six were allowed. Ohio Northern had five different players with a goal James Van Artsdalen pulled in eight saves. David Barth also was in goal with 1 save. The Tigers took seven of their own shows. Three of these were shots on goal. Patrick Szymczak, Andre Lorenz and Kevin Bond all had shots on goal. Lorenz and Szmczak led the way with two total shots themselves. The game was a hard fought battle, but they could not pull off the upset.
The Tigers are now 2-4 on the year after the Ohio Northern game. All of the men’s soccer team’s matches have been on the road so far this year. They are excited to get back home against the Bluffton. This is the only non-conference home game for the Tigers.
The Tigers will be looking forward to games this week when they start a tough conference schedule. The Men’s Soccer team’s conference opener will be against Oberlin. This will be the start of their conference campaign where they are projected to finish last in the conference. They will be ready to prove the NCAC wrong and play well. Sophomore Zach Moore said he was “excited” and “ready” to get into conference play. The men’s soccer team would love your support on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. at Edwards-Mauer Field.