This Week in D3 Men’s Soccer (10/6)

Happenings from around D3 Men’s soccer for the week ending 10/6.

Oglethorpe upsets WashU

Oglethorpe’s Gabriel Alvarez put the Petrels up 1-0 converting a PK in the 27th minute against WashU (Oglethorpe Athletics photo)

The Oglethorpe men’s soccer team picked up a huge non-conference win Monday afternoon at the Oglethorpe Track and Field, knocking off No. 17 Washington (Missouri), 3-1, in a game dominated by the Stormy Petrels. Oglethorpe outshot the visiting Bears 22-9 over the course of the game and built a 2-0 second-half lead before the visitors were able to mount a significant response.

The Petrels jumped on Washington early, outshooting them 8-4 in the first half and forcing Bears goalkeeper Colin McCune to make a couple of first-half saves. The home side broke through in the 27th minute when sophomore forward Gabriel Alvarez forced a defender to bring him down in the box, winning a penalty kick. He stepped up to the spot and took it himself, sending it into the lower left corner of the net for his second goal of the season and giving his team a 1-0 advantage.

Oglethorpe held that lead into the halftime break, then came out and extended it early in the second half. Junior midfielder Ryan Marcano took a pass from the wing from senior midfielder Josh Hoeft, collected it at the top of the box, and rifled it past McCune for a 2-0 advantage in the 50th minute. The Bears got a goal back in the 59th minute, as a long ball over the top bounced over Oglethorpe senior goalkeeper Luke Whelan, which allowed Washington’s Cole Schmitz to run onto it and put it in to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Petrels did not stop bombarding the Bear goal, though. They outshot the visitors 14-5 over the course of the second half, and finally put the game away in the 83rd minute. Marcano fired a shot from the top of the box that McCune was able to save, but he wasn’t able to control the rebound, and junior midfielder Topher Marshall put it into the back of the net.

For the game, Oglethorpe outshot Washington 22-9, including a 9-1 advantage in shots on goal, forcing McCune into six saves. They also took six corner kicks to just one for the visitors.

Marshall fired eight shots and put four on target, while Marcano recorded three shots and found the frame with two of them.

“Both teams had games this weekend, so this was essentially the second game of the weekend for both of us,” said Oglethorpe head coach Jon Akin. “I thought we handled it well and played well. They’re a dangerous team, especially on set pieces, and I thought we kind of left them hanging around a bit too long, but we’ve gotten better at finishing games off, and we did just that today. It’s great to get a win in a game like against a ranked team, and we’ll look to improve further on the training field going into this weekend. We’ll look to keep it rolling and keep our winning streak alive with a couple of SAA games this weekend.”

The Petrels will take their three-game winning and four-game unbeaten streaks back into SAA play over the weekend. They’ll travel to Conway, Arkansas, on Friday to battle Hendrix at 8:30 p.m. Eastern, then will continue to Memphis, Tennessee, to go against a Rhodes team currently in first place in the league Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.

SOURCE: Oglethorpe Athletics Press Release

Allers Hat-Trick lifts Western Connecticut over Elms

CHICOPEE, MA – Junior forward Chauncey Allers (Wilton, CT) notched a hat trick and an assist to lead the Western Connecticut State University men’s soccer team past non-conference host Elms College, 7-1, on Thursday evening. Junior Robert Della Penna (Suffield, CT) chipped in with two goals while dishing out an assist for the Colonials, who improved to 7-4 overall. Elms dropped to 3-8.

Western Connecticut State’s Chauncey Allers (Western ConnState Athletics photo)

WestConn senior’s Eamonn D’Arcy (West Hartford, CT) and Darion Richeme’ (Danbury, CT) also tallied goals, while classmate goalkeeper Luca DiCarlo (Waterbury, CT) improved to 6-2 overall after finishing with a save.

“We came out fast and made the most of our scoring chances,” said Colonials head coach Joe Mingachos. “We’ve built up some nice momentum as we head into our game against Eastern on Saturday,” he continued.

The aforementioned contest begins at Little East Conference rival Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday at 11 a.m.

SOURCE: Western Connecticut State Athletics Press Release

Robbin’s Late Goal lifts Messiah over Johns Hopkins

Kirby Rollins provided the Game-Winner in the Falcon’s 1-0 win over Johns Hopkins (Messiah Athletics photo)

GRANTHAM, Pa. – Kirby Robbins found a single moment of brilliance and No. 5 Messiah men’s soccer held off an impressive No. 9 Johns Hopkins squad to win 1-0 on Shoemaker Field. Robbins’ goal came in the 83′ and the Falcons turned away a few dangerous chances in the final minutes to earn the win.

The decision moved each team to an identical 11-1 on the season.

End-to-End in the Beginning

The teams combined for just five shots in the first period, but it was nevertheless back-and-forth as each team was looking for an advantage. In the 25′ Messiah found the period’s best chance for a goal when Dakota Rosenberg ran onto a loose ball just inside the 18 and fired to the left side of the goal. Keeper Bryan See scrambled to cover, but was bailed out when Rosenberg’s shot deflected off a defender’s back and wide of the post.

Messiah collected five corners in the first-half, most which generated dangerous looks in the air and near the goal.

Slow the Pace

After the break the game slowed considerably when Hopkins moved to four across the backline. The adjustment helped them settle against Messiah’s pressure, and it also caused the first 30 minutes of the frame to be played primarily in the midfield.

As the game entered the final stretch Messiah managed to turn the field, and with less than 10 minutes to play Kirby Robbins used some fantastic footwork—and a lot of field—to create the game-winner tally. David Alejos started the action about 45 yards on the left side when he cut middle and fed Robbins on a post-up. Robbins took the ball about five yards off the left corner of the 18, and he turned middle himself to streak to the midfield. He weaved through multiple defenders to get middle, pushed a heavy touch to himself to beat another, and quickly turned all the way into the right side of the box for a shot. The strike across the ground was perfect as it went beyond the dive of See and inside the far post.

The goal was Robbins’ team-leading ninth of the season.

In the Box

Hopkins outshot the Falcons 10-9, but Messiah managed to put one more on frame (4-3) than the visitors. See and Messiah goalie Conner Bell each finished with three saves, with See’s leaping grab of Danny Brandt’s chip shot in the 85′ being the best of the bunch.

Up Next

Messiah will next play on Wednesday, Oct. 11 when they host MAC Commonwealth foe Arcadia University. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

SOURCE: Messiah Athletics Press Release


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