COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's men's soccer team opens their 2019 campaign at Bellarmine tomorrow with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. before having their home opener Sunday against Mercyhurst at 2 p.m.
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The Panther men were projected to finish sixth in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference after finishing 7-6-1 in the conference and 8-9-1 overall a year ago. The Panthers have 20 players returning who all have playing experience from a year ago including three players with at least three goals.
Offensively, the Panthers bring back juniors River Allbaugh (Pickerington, Ohio) and Jaxson Szabo (Worthington, Ohio) who each had three goals a year ago while freshman Zach Ziolo (Dublin, Ohio) is the other front line returner with three goals.
Junior Ian Crook (Cincinnati, Ohio) returns in goal as the only goalkeeper with experience returning. Crook played in four games, starting in three where he was 2-1 overall. He recorded one shutout while allowing two goals and had a save percentage of .818. A pair of other key defenders include seniors Demarco Andrews (Kingston, Jamaica) and Matthew Pardi (Worthington, Ohio) who helped lead a defense a year ago that gave up just 1.59 goals per game.
The Knights finished 12-5-2 a year ago and were voted as the favorite to win the GLVC this upcoming season. Bellarmine brings back their entire starting lineup from a year ago including Micah Linscott who had 12 goals and Tomas Bernedo who had six goals and nine assists.
A year ago, Bellarmine scored 1.84 goals per game while giving up 1.16 on their way to tying their program record for wins in a season and conferences wins after finishing 9-3-1.
The Lakers finished 9-6-2 overall a year ago and 5-4-2 in the PSAC where they are projected to finish atop the PSAC-West division.
Mercyhurst returns seven of their top-10 scorers including returning PSAC Freshman of the Year in Henri Tophoven who had eight goals and six assists a year ago.
Defensively in goal for the Lakers, Martin Jarc returns after starting all 17 games a year ago recording four shutouts where he had 52 saves and allowed 31 goals on his way to an 8-6-2 record.