Wittenberg Soccer Update
By: Jake Haubner ‘16
The women’s soccer team took on Heidelberg and Mount Saint Joseph this past week. The Tigers traveled to Cincinnati. While there, the Tigers launched a volley of shots, finishing the game with 34 total shots from 13 different players. Thirteen of these shots made it on goal, but none of them could find the back of the net as the game ended in a draw. Twelve of the Tiger’s shots came in overtime as they tried to finish Mount Saint Joseph off. Kate Burns and Kaylee Gialamas finished with five shots apiece to lead the way for the Tigers. Kelsey Lorko played well in the net. She ended the game with four saves and the Tiger’s third shutout of the season. The Tigers were without their leading scorer Kayla Murphy due to an academic commitment.
The Lady Tigers also traveled to Heidelberg this week for their last non-conference game. The Tigers dominated the whole game. It took the Tigers until the second half to get their first goal on the board. In the 53rd minute, Kayla Murphy crossed the ball to Tobie Weston who converted to take a 1-0 advantage. Shortly after in the 67th minute, Kayla Murphy connected in the upper left corner of the goal. The game would eventually end with a 2-0 victory. The Tiger’s defense played a spectacular game allowing Heidelberg only one shot. The Tigers got off 17 shots in the game, 10 being on goal. After Kayla Murphy’s goal and assist, she now leads the team with seven points in seven games. The Tigers conclude their non-conference schedule at 4-4-2 as they enter conference play. The Tigers are favored to be near the top of the conference, finishing second in the coaches poll behind Denison. The Tigers open the conference schedule with Oberlin, and their next home game will be against Denison on Oct. 12.
The men’s soccer team also had their last non-conference game this past week. The Tigers traveled to Earlham to take on the Quakers. The Quakers started the game hot, scoring two goals in the first six minutes. The Tigers tried to come back from the deficit getting off 13 shots in the game, eight on goal. The Tigers also got off five more corner kicks than the Quakers, but the Tigers fell short losing 2-0. Kevin Bond led the way, getting off three shots and all were on target. Zach Moore and Patrick Szymczak chipped in with two shots themselves. James Van Artsdalen and Jeff Mengerink shared time in the goal with a total of six saves. Earlham was the last nonconference opponent for the season. They will now begin their brutal conference schedule. The NCAC contains second ranked Ohio Wesleyan and ninth ranked DePauw, nationally. Both teams along with Denison are undefeated and will be in the way of Tigers from trying to win the NCAC championship. The Tigers open up their conference schedule against Oberlin where they will try to get back to the .500 mark. Their next home game will be Saturday Oct. 12.