The men’s soccer team greeted Denison University on a cold and windy Wednesday night. Coming off of a disappointing loss to Kenyon, the Yeomen were eager to get the win. Just eight minutes into the game sophomore forward Dennis Kachintsev put a goal away with an assist by first-year forward John Ingham. It was Kachintsev’s first career goal for the Yeomen, and his excitement was visible.
“He’s definitely a great guy to have on the other wing, and I’m glad we’re starting to click,” said Ingham of his teammate.
Thanks to excellent defense, the Yeomen held the lead up until the final minute of the half when Denison scored a header off of a corner kick.
“We put a goal away and felt pretty good about it, but then we just let things go right before half,” said sophomore defender Evan Tincknell.
The two teams went into halftime tied at one goal apiece. Unfortunately, Denison quickly scored another header at the start of the second half to take the lead. Despite several shots on goal, including two from junior forward Joe Graybeal, the Yeomen were unable to break through, and the game ended in a 2–1 loss.
“We gave up two goals on set pieces, which is always really disappointing. Overall, it was just a disappointing performance, but we’ll get it back on Saturday,” said Tincknell.
Junior goalie Brandt Rentel, who has been dealing with a foot injury in the last week, made five saves in the game.
This game brings the Yeomen to 2–2 in conference games and 7–4–1 overall. They definitely will have their work cut out for them in their away game at Hiram this Saturday. Hiram is ranked No. 12 in the nation, but they have proven to be beatable after suffering a loss to Kenyon this past week. A win for Oberlin would be huge for their playoff chances, and the Yeomen are definitely up to the task.