The Oberlin Review

Fans congratulate the Yeomen after their 2–1 NCAC semifinal victory over Wabash College. The victory propelled the team to its first conference championship match in school history.

Yeomen Head to First Ever NCAC Final

November 4, 2016

Men’s soccer is headed to the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship for the first time in school history after besting the Wabash College Little Giants 2–1 in the NCAC Semifinal on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Throughout the team’s first home field NCAC playoff game since 2005, Oberlin’s faithful crowd rattled the bleachers and provided the Yeomen with extra momentum. As they have for most of the season, the Yeomen looked to put the ball at the feet of two-time All-NCAC Second Team selection...

Senior Jillian Hostetler leaps for a spike against Denison University on Wednesday.

Yeowomen Face Fierce Competition in California

October 28, 2016

The women’s volleyball team took to Southern California over fall break to battle Chapman University, Pomona-Pitzer and Occidental College. For a team used to weathering the seasons in one of the coldest regions in the U.S., the chance to spend a week at the beach while facing fresh, non-conference competition was an exciting prospect. “Spending your week playing your sport in California is an opportunity any Midwestern, cornfield-dwelling student would be grateful for,” senior middle hitter...

Nationally Ranked Yeomen Prepare for Postseason

Marissa Maxfield

October 28, 2016

It only took two goals to seal the deal. With a 2–0 win over the Hiram College Terriers Tuesday, the No. 25 Oberlin College Yeomen earned their place in the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament for the third time in four years — capping off a season that has brought 13 wins and the highest national ranking in program history. “It took a lot of patience to score the first goal, but we kept a positive mentality,” senior forward Dan Lev said. “Our defense held them to no shots on goal which bodes very well going into the postseason.” The Yeomen seemed to be in a lull for nearly the first 70 minutes of the game, until junior midfielder Jonah Blume-Kemkes got them going. The Santa Monica, CA, native...

NCAC Powerhouses Await Yeomen

Alex McNicoll

October 28, 2016

In what was arguably the football team’s best-played game of the season, the Yeomen fell 34–30 in a heartbreaker to The College of Wooster Fighting Scots. Now the Yeomen look to regroup as they set their sights on the last three games of the season. Despite a 0–7 start, the team isn’t fretting as it approaches the final stretch of the year. “I feel like our first losses were really hard on the team,” junior wide receiver Federico Consuegra said. “[But] we’ve bounced back, and I think we were able to keep our motivation. Sometimes last year we were completely deflated after losses, and now I feel like we really haven’t done that too much.” The Yeomen will host the No. 23 Wittenberg University...

Men’s Soccer Climbs to No. 17 in NCSAA Top-25 Poll

Jackie McDermott, Sports Editor

October 7, 2016

Men’s soccer has reached new heights. The team ascended to No. 17 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division-III Top-25 Poll — its best national ranking of all time. Oberlin is the only North Coast Athletic Conference team to crack the rankings, and currently holds an overall record of 9–1–1 and is 2–0 in conference play. Leading the Yeomen is senior captain Nick Wertman, who has made a habit out of scoring game-winning goals. Wertman notched his first career hat-trick against the Case Western Reserve University Spartans under the lights of Fred Shults Field Wednesday. Wertman found the back of the net less than four minutes into the match to put the Yeomen up 1–0. In the second half,...

Sophomore Grant Sheely turns a corner in the University of Rochester Yellow Jacket Invitational Sept. 17. In the All-Ohio Championships on Sept. 30, the Dobbs Ferry, NY, native completed the trek in 26 minutes, 29.6 seconds for a 10th place Division-III finish.

First-Years Excel at All-Ohio Championship

October 7, 2016

Hundreds of runners hit the trails at the All-Ohio Championships 6K in Cedarville, Ohio, last Friday, but Oberlin managed to stand out among them all. The women’s team placed second out of 17 teams, with the Yeowomen first-years notching particularly impressive performances. The men’s team finished sixth in the 16-team field. Head Coach Ray Appenheimer said he was impressed by the Yeowomen rookies once again. “We’re a very young team,” he said. “We have a lot of really impactful...

Senior midfielder Megan Herrmann settles a pass against DePauw University. After a 1–1 draw against The College of Wooster last Saturday, the Yeowomen are 5–3–1 overall.

Yeowomen Continue to Make Strides

October 7, 2016

Just two and a half minutes into Saturday’s game versus The College of Wooster, junior midfielder Hannah Cook sent a sweeping cross to junior forward Gwennie Gardiner. Gardiner found the back of the net for the seventh time this season, putting the team ahead 1­–0. Though The College of Wooster would eventually tie the score in the final minutes of the game, the 1–1 draw is the best result the Yeowomen have had against the Fighting Scots since 2005. “It's obviously never fun to settle...

Senior midfielder Nick Wertman was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week after scoring two game-winning goals last week. The Yeomen are currently 7–1–1.

Wertman Spearheads Yeomen Victories

September 30, 2016

After scoring game-winning goals over the Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets and the DePauw University Tigers last week, senior midfielder Nick Wertman was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week. The Westlake, Ohio native currently is tied for the team lead with three goals and eight points. A two-time Second Team All-NCAC selection, Wertman plays a key role for the squad being ranked No. 25 in the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America top-25 poll...

The Yeowomen kneel during the national anthem before facing off against NCAC foe Denison University last Thursday.

Field Hockey Joins Anthem Protest

September 30, 2016

National anthem protests in athletics draw a range of reactions from scorn to admiration. That national debate came to Knowlton Athletics Complex when the field hockey team kneeled during the Star Spangled Banner last Friday. “[We want] to express to fellow students, community members and people everywhere that we will not accept racial violence and police brutality as a part of our country,” said senior captain Maureen Coffey. Coffey said the team was inspired to protest police violence...

Crucial Conference Matches Await Yeowomen

Julie Schreiber

September 30, 2016

The Yeowomen wrapped up Homecoming weekend with Senior Day festivities at home last Friday night, but the celebrations stopped there. The team, which is currently on a four-game losing streak, fell in a close match to North Coast Athletic Conference rival Kenyon College, 3–2, on its home court in Philips gym. The setback pushed the Yeowomen back to 0–2 in conference and 4–7 overall. Moving forward, the team will focus on the opportunities that the remainder of the season presents. Head Coach Erica Rau said that her team is more like a “family,” and that she expects them to continue lifting each other up in the face of adversity. “This is the most supportive, thoughtful, friendly group of young women...

Junior defensive back Bennett Jackson dodges defenders after intercepting a pass against Ohio Wesleyan University Saturday. Jackson eventually returned the interception 55 yards for a touchdown in Oberlin’s 29–16 loss.

Yeomen Still Looking for First Win

September 30, 2016

The Yeomen were dealt a tough Homecoming defeat last Saturday against the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops, falling 29–16. The game, which celebrated the Yeomen’s 125th year of football, left the team in search of its first win as it dropped to 0–4 overall and 0–3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. “It was a rough loss because we were in it with them the entire time,” said first-year defensive tackle Justin Godfrey. “At any point either of us could’ve pulled ahead.” The...

Midfielder Jiadi Cheng dribbles past a Heidelberg defender. The Yeomen are riding a five-game win streak entering the conference opener against DePauw University Saturday at noon.

Yeomen Riding Five-Game Win Streak

September 23, 2016

The Yeomen propelled themselves to a five-game win streak with dominant defense and an aggressive offense after going 1–1 in their opening matches. The team’s most recent victories show the Yeomen are finding their stride as they prepare for their first North Coast Athletic Conference Game Saturday. The Yeomen defeated the Grove City College Wolverines for their fourth win of the season on Sept. 14. Grove City’s Stephen Betteridge claimed the first goal on a breakaway just 17 minutes into...

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