COLUMBUS, Ohio — After beginning the year 1-1-0 (1-0-0 GLIAC) and earning a 1-0 win against Northern Michigan on Sunday to pick up its first victory of 2016, the Ohio Dominican men's soccer team prepares to host Walsh on Wednesday, September 14 before traveling to Saginaw Valley on Friday, September 16 and Northwood on Sunday, September 18.
About Ohio Dominican
The Panthers are seeking to build momentum and pick up three more GLIAC wins this week after beginning conference play on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Northern Michigan (0-3-0, 0-2-0 GLIAC). Senior Brent Wahle (Pataskala, Ohio) scored the game winning goal for the Panthers in the 24th minute on assists from sophomore Ryan Kasprzak (Hilliard, Ohio) and senior Andrew Schwall (Gahanna, Ohio), his first goal of the season and 16th of his career.
The Panthers have taken 12 shots per game in their first two matches and boast a shot on goal percentage of .333. Seniors Michael Mueller (Aurora, Illinois) and Wahle lead the Panthers with one goal apiece, while Kasprzak leads the team in shots (11) and shots on goal (three).
Defensively, junior goalkeepers Robby Frye (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Clayton Hildebrand (Findlay, Ohio) have each played one match. Frye got the nod against No. 12 Urbana, while Hildebrand went the distance against Northern Michigan, recording three saves en route to a shutout of the Wildcats.
The Cavaliers (3-1-0, 1-1-0 GLIAC) began the year on a three-game winning streak before falling to Tiffin (4-0-0, 2-0-0 GLIAC) on Sunday, 2-1.
Walsh has outscored its opponents 8-4 to begin the year and has taken an average of 13.3 shots per game. The Cavaliers boast a shot on goal percentage of .432 and five players have found the back of the net thus far.
Freshman Myles Cornwall leads the Cavaliers in shots (10), shots on goal (five) and goals scored (two). Sophomore Dan Kenner is also off to a strong start for the Cavs with two goals on four shots on goal.
About Saginaw Valley
The Cardinals (2-1-0, 0-1-0 GLIAC), who were picked to finish second in the GLIAC preseason coaches poll, will travel to Findlay on Wednesday before hosting Ohio Dominican on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the Panthers' first road contest of the year.
SVSU defeated Lewis 2-1 and St. Joseph's (Ind.) 3-1 in non-conference matches to begin the year before falling to Northwood , 3-2 in overtime, on Sunday.
Senior Jordan Kalk leads the Cardinals in shots (11), shots on goal (five) and co-leads the team in goals scored (two), while freshman Roderic Green has also added two early season goals for Saginaw Valley.
Starting the year 2-0-0 and 1-0-0 in the GLIAC, the Timberwolves picked up a 3-2 win in overtime in an early season matchup against Saginaw Valley, which featured the top two picks in the GLIAC preseason coaches poll. Northwood was tabbed to finish second in the conference.
Five different players have scored all five goals for Northwood to begin the year, with Timberwolves recording assists on four of them. Junior James Vaughn leads the team in shots (six) and shots on goal (three). Junior Brady Cole has scored three goals to begin the season and has converted all three of his shots on goal.
ODU hosts Walsh on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 p.m. before traveling to take on Saginaw Valley on Friday, September 16 at 3:30 p.m. and Northwood on Sunday, September 18 at 12 p.m.
Contact: Aaron McPherson