Ohio Wesleyan 2, Kenyon 1
Oct. 26, 2011
Senior forward Travis Wall (Columbus/Upper Arlington) scored to erase a 1-0 deficit, then set up the game-winning goal to give sixth-ranked Ohio Wesleyan a North Coast Athletic Conference victory over Kenyon on Wednesday at Roy Rike Field.
With the win, Ohio Wesleyan clinches a share of the NCAC championship. The Bishops, 8-0 in the NCAC, can win the conference championship outright with a win or tie on Saturday.
The NCAC title is Ohio Wesleyan's fourth straight, seventh in the last 8 years, and 20th overall in the 28 seasons of NCAC competition.
The win also extended Ohio Wesleyan's unbeaten streak in NCAC games to a conference-record 39.
Kenyon had taken a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when Nate Petrou served the ball in from the left side to Lewis Williams-Gray, who headed it home.
The Lords would hold the edge in play through most of the first half, outshooting the Bishops by a count of 7-6.
The Ohio Wesleyan offense showed signs of awakening early in the second half, nearly evening the score when sophomore midfielder Jacob Eganhouse (Westerville/St. Francis deSales) sent a through ball to sophomore midfielder Matt Shadoan (Dublin/Scioto), whose tip was wide of the Kenyon goal in the 49th minute.
The Bishops tied the game in the 68th minute, with freshman midfielder Colton Bloecher (Lewis Center/Olentangy Orange) setting up the play by getting the ball to senior midfielder Dylan Stone (Easton, Conn./Barlow). Stone in turn centered to Wall, who finished in front to make it 1-1.
Another combination play, this time with senior forward Matt Bonfini (Dublin/Coffman) sending the ball ahead to Wall, who played it on to Shadoan in the box, gave Ohio Wesleyan the game-winner with 5:11 left in regulation time.
Ohio Wesleyan dodged a bullet when Kenyon's Alistair Flynn got an open look in the box during the 88th minute, but his shot hit the side of the net.
Ohio Wesleyan outshot Kenyon, 17-11. Junior Paul Hendricks (Columbus/Worthington Kilbourne) recorded 3 saves in the Ohio Wesleyan goal. Tyler Schatz had 3 saves for the Lords.
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