COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Dominican men's soccer team will look improve on its three match winning streak.
The Panthers were able to pull of the Walsh and Malone sweep this past weekend. ODU defeated Walsh on Friday by a score of 3-0. ODU got off to fast start, scoring both first half goals in the first 23 minutes of the match. Junior Brent Wahle (Pataskala, OH), and senior Jakob Szabo (Worthington, OH) logged the two Panther goals. In the second half, sophomore Andrew Schwall (Gahanna, OH) added the third Panther goal in the 83rd minute off a cross from Szabo.
During the Sunday matinee match, the Panthers got off to another quick start, as senior Frazer Fernandes (Gahanna, OH) scored in the fourth minute. ODU saw goals from Wahle and sophomore Tanner Ebright (Pickerington, OH) to run their win streak up to three matches in a row.
Both Szabo and Wahle rank third in the GLIAC in goals with three apiece. Szabo ranks fourth in points with 10, while Wahle is fifth with nine points.
Wahle also is tied for first in the GLIAC with three game winning goals.
Two Panthers are tied for the conference lead in assists in Ebright and sophomore Justin Bonchek (Mayfield, OH), as they have each recorded three this season.
As a team, the Panthers are tied for first with Saginaw Valley for most goals scored with 15. Currently, ODU is getting off 14.9 shots per game.
Saginaw Valley (Friday, October 3)
ODU will be traveling on the road this weekend with the first stop coming at Saginaw Valley in University Center, Michigan. The Cardinals come into the match ranked second nationally and hold a 7-0-1 record overall. SVSU also leads the GLIAC with a 4-0-1 record.
The Cardinals are led by Chris Neal who has a team high 11 points (four goals and three assists). Goalkeeper Alex Bouillennec had six shutouts in eight games this season.
The Panthers and Cardinals have met ten times previously, including the GLIAC Championship last season, which ODU won in double overtime. Overall, the Panthers hold the series advantage at 7-1-2.
ODU and SVSU are scheduled to kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
Northwood (Sunday, October, 5)
The Black and Gold will make its second stop of the weekend at Northwood in Midland, Michigan. Northwood came into last week ranked 24th nationally, but fell to Tiffin over the weekend, and have since fallen out of the top 25. The Timberwolves come into this week with a 4-2-1 record overall and a 2-2-1 record in the GLIAC. Northwood will host Lake Erie on Friday before welcoming ODU on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
James Decomsemo leads the pack offensively for the Timberwolves as he has recorded three goals and two assists. Keaton Levock has also recorded three goals this season, and has charted one assist.
Overall, the Panthers hold a 5-1 win advantage against Northwood, including a 2-1 win in Columbus last season. In 2013 when the Panthers traveled to Midland, ODU came away with a 2-1 loss.
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