2018 NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament Champions
|Semifinal Matches||Championship Match|
|Wednesday, October 31||Saturday, November 3|
|#1 Kenyon 1, #4 Wabash 0 (2OT) - Boxscore||#1 Kenyon 4, #2 Ohio Wesleyan 0 - Boxscore|
|#2 Ohio Wesleyan 2, #3 Denison 1 - Boxscore|
The topped-seeded Kenyon Lords posted a 4-0 victory against second-seeded Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday in Gambier to claim its fourth NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament Title.
Kenyon got on the board early in the 10th minute with a goal from David Anderson (Urbana, IL/Urbana) off of a cross from Philippe Stengel (Miami, FL/Coral Reef Senior). Just over two minutes later, teammate Max Taylor (Chicago, IL/Saint Ignatius) found the back of the net to put the Lords up by two. Late in the first half, after three-consecutive headers, Jack Cohen (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) added to the Kenyon lead off of assists from Collyn Carpenter (Charlotte, NC/South Mecklenburg) and Sam Hosmer-Quint (Columbia, MO/Hickman). Kenyon went into the half with a 7-1 shots advantage and a 2-0 edge in corner kicks.
Ohio Wesleyan put more pressure on Kenyon in the final 45 minutes with a 4-3 advantage in shots and two corner kicks, while not allowing the Lords any corners. Kenyon ended the scoring with Anderson's second goal of the championship and 12th score of the season at 58:24. The Battling Bishops' J.P. Baughman (Westerville, 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 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament and will await their NCAA selection which will be released Monday afternoon.
In the semifinal round of the 2018 NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament on Wednesday, top-seeded Kenyon claimed a 1-0 double-overtime victory over fourth-seeded Wabash, while No. 2 Ohio Wesleyan defeated third-seeded Denison 2-1. 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 takes the NCAC's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III tournament.
Kenyon booked its sixth-straight trip to the championship game after senior defender Bret Lowry (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) scored as time expired to advance the No. 14 Lords into the championship final. After 109 minutes of scoreless action, senior defender Greg McNeer (Winston Salem, N.C./Forsyth Country Day) set up Lowry with a cross from the left side to net the game winner for Kenyon. The Lords controlled the pace of the match by outshooting the Little Giants, 19-1, and held a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks. Wabash sophomore Chad Wunderlich (St. Louis, Mo./John Burroughs School) turned away four shot attempts by Kenyon, including one in overtime before the game-winner, while sophomore Ian McInturf (Cincinnati Ohio/Cincinnati Country Day) finished the game with one save for the Lords.
The Bishops advanced to the championship game for the 15th time in program history with the help of an assist and a goal from freshman Hector Gomez (Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis Desales). Ohio Wesleyan struck early when freshman Dom Calabrese (Beavercreek, Ohio/Beavercreek) netted a goal at 8:09 to put the Bishops up 1-0. Gomez then added an unassisted insurance goal at 19:38 after beating two defenders. Ohio Wesleyan took the two-goal lead into the half. After 30 minutes of scoreless action in the second half, Denison found the back of the net as a corner kick from junior Matt Rush (South Bend, Ind./John Adams) found the head of junior Eric Buer (Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola Catholic). The Big Red were unable to find the equalizer, as the Bishops outshot Denison 25-10 and held a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. Sophomore Dylan Brown (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) made six saves for Denison, while junior J.P. Baughman (Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales) finished with three saves.
SEEDINGS & PAIRINGS:
Kenyon (8-0-1) earned its 10th North Coast Athletic Conference championship after finishing the regular season with 25 points. Ohio Wesleyan leads the league with 23 conference titles followed by Kenyon (10), Wooster (3), Denison (2) and Wittenberg (1).
Ohio Wesleyan (6-1-2) finished second in the regular season standings, followed by Wabash (5-2-2) and Denison (5-2-2), DePauw (4-3-2), Wooster (4-3-2), Allegheny (2-5-2), Wittenberg (2-6-1), Hiram (1-8-0) and Oberlin (1-8-0).
Following the completion of the regular season schedule on Saturday, October 27, the seeds and pairings are now set for the 2018 NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament.
The Lords enter the NCAC Tournament as the top seed and will host fourth-seeded Wabash on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Kenyon defeated the Little Giants, 4-0, in the regular season on October 6. Second-seeded Ohio Wesleyan will host third-seeded Denison in the other semifinal match at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening. This will be back-to-back games for the Big Red and the Battling Bishops, as Denison claimed a 2-1 win tonight, October 27.
The semifinal winners will meet in the championship match on Saturday, November 3.
TOURNEY NOTES: The tournament winner receives the NCAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament ... Kenyon, making its 12th overall appearance in the field of four, currently owns the longest active streak of seven-straight and will enter 2018 with three titles ... Ohio Wesleyan returns to the NCAC postseason for the 18th time with a league-high 10 titles ... The Battling Bishops maneuvered through the tournament bracket a year ago as the No. 2 seed by knocking off #3 Wabash, 3-2 (OT), in the semifinals and #1 Kenyon, 0-0 (2OT; 3-2 PK's), in the championship final ... Denison is making its 10th appearance, last winning the Tournament in 2009 ... Wabash is returning to the tournament for the fourth-time in program history after making its debut in 2013.