COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Dominican men's soccer team will look to rebound off their first setback of the season.
The Panthers are coming off a week which saw them experience some highs and lows. Last Friday, ODU was able to win their GLIAC conference opener at Lake Erie. Despite some traveling issues, where the team had an abbreviated 20 minute warm-up session prior to kick-off, the Panthers were able to get a goal from sophomore Andrew Schwall (Gahanna, OH) in the second half to bring home a 1-0 victory.
The Panthers lost their first match of the season against now nationally ranked Mercyhurst by a score of 3-1. The match was the home opener for ODU which saw them compete and have equal chances as the Lakers throughout the match. Senior Jakob Szabo (Worthington, OH) logged the goal for the Panthers off a cross from midfield by sophomore Tanner Ebright (Pickerington, OH). Overall, ODU has a 3-1-0 record, and a 1-0-0 mark in the GLIAC.
Szabo now leads the team in goals and is tied for second in the GLIAC with three. His six points is also good enough for a third place ranking in the conference. Sophomore Justin Bonchek (Mayfield, OH) still leads the GLIAC with three assists. His three assists is also good enough to rank 10th nationally at the NCAA Division II level. Junior Justin Alexander (Reynoldsburg, OH) has had a nice start to the season as he ranks first in saves in the GLIAC.
As a team, the Panthers rank in the top three in goals and assists. The seven goals scored by ODU is tied and the four assists are each third best in the GLIAC.
Tiffin (Friday, September 19)
The Panther will host their home conference opener on Friday at 7:00 p.m. when they welcome the Tiffin Dragons to Panther Stadium. Tiffin holds the overall series record over ODU. The Panthers all-time record against the Dragons is 9-20-1. Last season the Black and Gold went 1-0-1 against Tiffin, including a 3-2, double overtime win at home.
This will be a match between the top two preseason conference picks, as Tiffin was given the top spot ahead of the Panthers, voted on by the conference coaches. Tiffin will come into the week with a 2-0-1 record overall and are ranked nationally at number 19. The Dragons have been led by sophomore Andre Carvalho-Landell, who has scored three goals in three games. Senior goalkeeper, Jeremy Ashley has started every game this season for the Dragons and has a .800 save percentage, and a 0.65 goals against average.
Findlay (Sunday, September 21)
ODU will host Findlay on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Panther Stadium. The Oilers come into the week with a 1-2 record, including a 2-1 loss at Tiffin to open their conference slate. Findlay will play at Lake Erie on Friday before making the trip to Columbus.
Overall Findlay holds the all-times series record at 14-8-1. Currently, the Panthers are on a two game winning streak against the Oilers, defeating them twice last season by scores of 2-0, on the road, and 4-0, at home.
The Oilers have a balanced offense through three games with three different players recording four points each. Juniors Ryan Repas and Mark Sleasman each have two goals to start the season, while junior Ryan Poyle has one goal and two assist.
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