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Men’s and Women’s Soccer Recap

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By: Jake Haubner

The Wittenberg women’s soccer team played their last non-conference game this season against Transylvania.  The Lady Tigers came up short against one of the top teams in the Great Lakes Region, ending the match at 3-2.  The first half of the game was more of a defensive struggle where the Tigers went into halftime down 1-0.  The Tigers quickly evened the game at 1-1 in the second half, in the 66th minute, off the foot of freshman defender Michelle Brunswick. Transylvania responded quickly with a goal and then, followed that goal with their third of the game from 30 yards out.  The Tigers battled back bringing the score to 3-2 with a goal from Mary Clare Yerke.  Tobie Weston had the assist on Mary Clare’s goal.  Despite the lost, Wittenberg had seven more shots on goal along with seven shots more total.  Transylvania had eight more saves than Wittenberg which ended up being a difference maker.

In the second game of the week, the Wittenberg women’s soccer team took on conference foe Ohio Wesleyan.  The Tigers continued to dominate the NCAC recording another shutout in a 3-0 win.  The Tigers started the scoring off early when Chelsea Marcum scored after 20 minutes of play, with the assist going to Kate Burns.  In the second half, the Tigers scored off a break away from Kayla Murphy.  Tobie Weston assisted that goal.  Later on, she chipped in a goal of her own in the 83rd minute.  Maggie Grieser played well in the goal recording three saves in the shutout.  The Tigers outshot OWU 21-9.  The Tigers will take on Dennison at home October 12.

The men’s soccer team took on two conference foes this week.  On Saturday, the Tigers took on Oberlin in the conference opener at home.  The game was scoreless until Oberlin slipped one by the Tigers.  When it looked like Oberlin was going to take the game 1-0, the Tigers finally struck off the head of Joe Poff.  The goal came off a free kick from Reed Glosser.  In overtime, the game was unable to be decided, ending in a draw.  The Tigers scored their first point in the NCAC standings with the tie.  In the game, the Tigers got off 19 shots led by Kevin Bond with 4 shots.  Goalie James Van Artsdalen also played extremely well in the net.  He set a career high with 13 saves in the contest.

In their second NCAC contest the Tigers took on the top ranked team in Division III soccer, Ohio Wesleyan.   The Tigers were outmatched and the game ended 6-0.  The Tigers went into the half only down 2-0, but OWU turned up the heat and scored a quick two goals to open up the second half.  OWU outshot the Tigers by a margin of 37-5. Reed Glosser led the Tigers with two shots.   James Van Artsdalen recorded 10 saves in the match.

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