The Oberlin Review

Women’s Soccer Drops Three Heartbreakers

Kirby Livingston

October 7, 2011

Filed under Soccer, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

The women’s soccer team continues to knock on the door of success, but just can’t seem to kick it in. The Yeowomen suffered three heartbreaking losses this week, starting with a 2–1 home defeat at the hands of the John Carroll University Blue Streaks, and ending with two tough road setbacks — a 1–0 loss at Wittenberg University and a 2–1 overtime heartbreaker at Muskingum University. The loss to John Carroll was Oberlin’s third straight defeat in the supposedly friendly confines of Fred Shults field, as the Blue Streaks netted a deciding goal late in the game to steal the victory. After a scoreless first half of play, the Yeowomen offense wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as senior forward...

Football Can’t Keep Up with Wittenberg

Ashley Parish

October 7, 2011

Filed under Football, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

Oberlin College trailed by only a touchdown after the first half against Wittenberg University last weekend, but in the end the Tigers' explosive offense was too much for the Yeomen. Oberlin lost 41–19 to nationally ranked Wittenberg on a cold and windy afternoon in southern Ohio. “I think we played really well for the first half. I think despite the turnovers offensively we did pressure their defense,” said Head Coach Jeff Ramsey. “I think defensively we did a decent job of shutting down the pass game, except for on maybe five plays; it really hurt us.” “I’m always pleased with our team’s effort,” he continued, “and that’s always a bright spot because we played physical football against a...

Men’s Soccer Struggles to Open NCAC Play

Ariel Lewis

October 7, 2011

Filed under Soccer, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

After building momentum with a string of great performances over the last few weeks, the men’s soccer team has stumbled out of the gate in conference play. The Yeomen dropped two tough North Coast Athletic Conference contests, first to the Wittenberg University Tigers on Saturday and then to the powerhouse Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops on Tuesday. The team fell to 1–2 in the NCAC and 4–8 overall. Oberlin’s forceful attack paid early dividends against the Tigers, putting pressure on the defense with numerous chances and set pieces. Finally the aggressive play paid off, as senior defender Kiefer Forsch took advantage of confusion in Wittenberg’s back line on a corner kick to post his second goal...

Yeomen Almost Notch Historic Win

James Blankenship, Editor-in-Chief

September 30, 2011

Filed under Soccer, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

The men’s soccer team nearly toppled the undefeated Notre Dame College Falcons on Wednesday, Sept. 28, forcing overtime in arguably one of the greatest games to ever grace Fred Shults field. The 2010 NAIA National Finalists, Notre Dame came out of the gates sloppy, underestimating an Oberlin squad that was one goal away from upsetting then fourth-ranked Ohio Northern just a few weeks ago. The Yeomen came out with guns blazing and plenty of fans in attendance. Senior midfielder Oliver Miller-Farrell connected with fellow senior and forward Shahab Raza in the 15th minute to put the good guys ahead 1–0. Miller-Farrell relished the atmosphere, saying, “The home crowd is always really special. I never expect many...

Yeomen Send Terriers to the Pound in Blowout Homecoming Victory

Yeomen Send Terriers to the Pound in Blowout Homecoming Victory

September 30, 2011

With multiple generations of alumni roaming the grounds at Savage Stadium, Oberlin football put on a show, dominating the visiting Hiram College Terriers in a 27–7 victory in Saturday’s Homecoming game. The victory marks the second straight year — and only the second time since 1989 — that the Yeomen have begun their season with a 2–1 record. Oberlin entered the game with the second-ranked passing offense in the conference, but with junior starting quarterback Josh Mandel sidelined with...

Volleyball Struggles at Kenyon

Kirby Livingston

September 30, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Varsity Fall, Volleyball

The women’s volleyball team entered its first North Coast Athletic Conference tournament with an 0–9 record and plenty to prove. The Yeowomen were looking to build off of the momentum from their home opener ten days earlier, where they managed to force a fourth set against a solid Muskingum University squad. The long break between matches provided an opportunity to heal injuries and get some extra practice. The Kenyon tournament would prove to be the toughest competition the team had faced all season. Unfortunately, Oberlin could not end its frustrating losing streak over the weekend, as it fell to Denison University, Kenyon College, Ohio Wesleyan University and DePauw University. Things were looking up for...

Women’s Soccer Dominates Away Game

Alen Cisija

September 30, 2011

Filed under Soccer, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

While most of Oberlin was sound asleep at 6 a.m. last Sunday morning, the women’s soccer team was on a business trip. The Yeowomen rose at the crack of dawn to travel to Franklin, IN, to face the Grizzlies of Franklin College. A five-and-a-half hour ride, a rainy day and the Grizzlies’ stingy defense weren’t enough to stop Oberlin on its quest to for a .500 record, as the team prevailed with a back-and-forth 3–2 win. Things started off on the wrong foot for the Yeowomen, who gave up a quick goal in the 17th minute. But junior midfielder Hannah Combe responded a minute later, scoring an unassisted goal from distance. Franklin would once again pull ahead on a goal by freshman Maura Singco right before halftime...

Cross Country Continues to Climb

Ashley Parish

September 30, 2011

Filed under Cross Country, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

Oberlin’s cross country teams showed last weekend that they could run with some of the best in the nation at the Purple Valley Classic in Williamstown, MA. The Yeowomen placed sixth in the 16-team meet behind powerhouses Middlebury College — the number-one ranked team in Division III — Williams College, New York University, Plattsburgh State University and Amherst College. In the process, the women’s squad moved up to 31st in the latest national rankings. The men ran well as well, delivering a solid ninth-place finish. “We fared really well against some of the best colleges in the country,” said head Coach Ray Appenheimer. “I think that it can be daunting when you're standing on the line and you're...

Women’s Soccer Falls Just Short against Brockport

James Kriz, Staff Writer

September 23, 2011

Filed under Soccer, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

The women’s soccer team arrived ready for a tough matchup at Fred Shults Field this past Saturday, Sept. 17. SUNY Brockport entered the contest with an impressive 3–1–1 record, providing an important test for the young and talented Yeowomen squad. On a rare day of peaceful weather in Northeast Ohio, the contest was anything but. The teams combined for a whopping 11 fouls during the game, attesting to the physical nature of what was a very evenly matched contest. The Yeowomen managed to keep pace with Brockport initially, matching shot-for-shot, until a well-placed strike by the Golden Eagles less than 10 minutes into the game provided an early cushion. The Eagles then pressed Oberlin with a strong defensive...

Men’s Soccer Rolls Over Tiffin

Phoebe Hammer

September 23, 2011

Filed under Soccer, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

The Oberlin College men’s soccer team celebrated its most decisive victory of the season on Wednesday, Sept. 21, defeating Heidelberg University in a 3–0 shutout in nearby Tiffin, Ohio. Despite the final score, the game was a brutal fight to the finish. “It was a scrappy, hard-fought win,” said sophomore goalie Brandt Rentel. “Sometimes you just have to get it done, even if it doesn’t look pretty.” Both teams were aggressive and physical in the first half. There was a relatively even distribution of shots on goal in the first 45 minutes, although Oberlin had the slight edge in ball possession. Both defenses played sound soccer, and with a 0–0 tie at halftime it was still anybody’s game. Then the...

In the Locker Room: Greg Mangan

James Blankenship, Editor-in-Chief

September 23, 2011

Filed under Football, In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

You graduated in 2009 as Oberlin’s all-time leader in every significant passing category. When you first stepped onto campus as the Quarterback Coach this summer, did it feel sort of surreal? It definitely was. A lot of the guys I knew were gone at that point. I think the seniors now were first-years when I was a senior, so there’s a little bit of carryover. But beyond that, it was kind of like a new blank slate but at the same place. It was surreal, and since I’ve been back it’s totally different not being a student. You also spent some time as a member of the Kent Predators (now the Seattle Timberwolves) of the Indoor Football League. Which was more enjoyable, playing quarterback in college or in the IFL...

Football Can’t Cash In Against Scots

Football Can’t Cash In Against Scots

September 23, 2011

With the stands packed at Savage Stadium, Oberlin football came up agonizingly short in a heartbreaking loss to the College of Wooster Fighting Scots last Saturday. Failing to convert in the red zone on multiple drives, the Yeomen lost a tough 14–3 game. Plagued by costly turnovers and an injury to junior quarterback Josh Mandel, Oberlin could not find the rhythm necessary to claw its way back into the game.  Both teams started out slow, each going three-and-out on their first two possessions. The Yeom...

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