Men's Soccer Hosts Two G-MAC Matches This Week

Photo by Ralph Schudel
Photo by Ralph Schudel

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Dominican's men's soccer team stays at home this week as the play host to Walsh and Lake Erie on Thursday and Saturday.

The matchup with Walsh is set for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. while the game against Lake Erie is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday. 

About Ohio Dominican

Ohio Dominican comes into this week No. 9 in the Midwest Regional rankings according to the United Soccer Coaches.

The Panthers are riding the wave of three consecutive shutouts coming into this week. Senior goalkeeper Alec Mathew (Pataskala, Ohio) has led the charge for the Panthers as he recorded his first and second career shutouts with wins over Malone and Walsh last week. Mathew, with his six saves and two shuouts, earned G-MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors this past week. 

ODU went 3-0 last week and hold a 3-2 overall record and 2-0 G-MAC record. On the road this past week, the Panthers defeated Ashland on Tuesday with a sore of 1-0 and Walsh on Saturday with a score of 3-0. In their home matchup with Malone, the Panthers also won that in a 2-0 fashion.

The Panthers and Cavaliers rematch on Thursday as the Panther offense was electirc in the first half against them last Saturday. All three Panther goals came in the first half as Ryan Kasprzak (Hilliard, Ohio), Jonathan Barnes (Winter Haven, Fla.) and Tyler Arnold (Westerville, Ohio) all found the back of the net.  

Offensively, the Panthers have been led by Barnes and sophomore River Allbaugh (Pickerington, Ohio) who each have two goals on the year. 

About Walsh

Walsh is coming off a 3-0 loss to ODU on Saturday. The Cavaliers bring in a 2-2-1 record overall and a 0-2-1 conference record to the rematch on Thursday. So far on the year, the Cavalier offense has been led by Myles Cornwall who leads the league in goals with five. Dight Van Dyke also has four goals on the year for the Cavaliers.

Defensively, Walsh will be led by goalkeeper Tom Jackson who posted nine saves in the previous matchup on Saturday.

About Lake Erie

Lake Erie comes into the week posting a 3-2 overall record while havng a 1-2 record in the G-MAC. The Storm are coming off losses to Tiffin and Findlay last week.

Javier Borreguero has been leading the Storm offense as he is tied for second in the conference with four goals so far on the year. Leading the Storm defense will be Tom John who has 17 saves on the year.