The Oberlin Review

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Historic Soccer Season Comes to a Close

November 22, 2013

The men’s soccer team traveled to Rochester, NY this past weekend to compete in the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time in the team’s history. The team was met by an enthusiastic horde of adoring fans, parents and alumni soccer players. The Yeomen prevailed on Saturday and defeated the SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons 2–0. However, on Sunday, the Yeomen tragically fell to the nationally ranked University of Rochester Yellow Jackets, marking the end of this historic season. Saturday’s...

In the Locker Room with Ellie Huizenga, Tricia Souza and Sarah Willette.

In the Locker Room with Ellie Huizenga, Tricia Souza and Sarah Willette.

November 22, 2013

This week the Review sat down with sophomore soccer players Ellie Huizenga, Tricia Souza and Sarah Willette to discuss the responsibility that comes with sophomore year, Mamma Mia medleys and intramural basketball. How is being a sophomore on the team different than being a first-year? Ellie Huizenga: Oh, it’s so different. Tricia Souza: I feel like we have a lot more responsibility on the team now that we know what’s going on. We can be a part of the leadership of the team. Sarah Willette...

Sophomore John Ingham outruns an Allegheny College opponent. The men’s soccer team received an at-large bid to participate in the NCAA national tournament. Their first game is on Saturday in Rochester, New York against the SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons.

Men’s Soccer Streaks to Playoffs

November 15, 2013

After a hard-fought defeat against the Kenyon College Lords last week, the men’s soccer team thought its near perfect season was over. But news came on Monday that the team had received an at-large bid for a spot in the NCAA tournament, and its storybook season was resurrected. “I had a gut feeling that we would move on,” said Junior Remi Schneider. “We play in one of the toughest conferences and I think that was recognized.” The team went 13–3–4 this season, but fell to the Kenyon...

Andrew Wise (left), OC '13, and Silas Montgomery, OC '13, alumni soccer players

In the Locker Room with Silas Montgomery and Andrew Wise

November 15, 2013

This week, the Review sat down with Silas Montgomery (OC ’13) and Andrew Wise (OC ’13), two alumni soccer players, to discuss their devotion to the team, how to heckle players and cheerleading.   How many Oberlin soccer games have you gone to this season? Silas Montgomery: We’ve gone to every game we could go to. We went to every home game and drove to a couple others. Andrew Wise: We drove to Wooster, we drove to two Kenyon games, Baldwin Wallace, Case Western; we wanted to go to...

Sentimentality Grips Soccer Fans

Rose Stoloff, Sports Editor

November 8, 2013

I originally wrote my editorial this week on the New York City Marathon. But here I am in a cramped car driving through the cornfields of Ohio typing away on my iPhone. Today I spent four hours traveling in a car to watch a 90 minute soccer game. Not a professional game - I went to watch the Oberlin men's soccer team take on the Kenyon College Lords. And this isn't the first time I've followed the team to Gambier, Ohio. Am I crazy? No. For the first time in my life I'm a devoted fan of a sports team that is not my own. I've always been an athlete, but never have I been excited by watching another team play. I don't watch professional sports often; I don't feel any allegiance to a particular team. In fact, I came...

Senior captain Ari Schwartz dribbles the ball. The Yeomen have enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in the last two decades.

Historic Soccer Season May Be Drawing to a Close

November 8, 2013

After one of the most impressive seasons of the team’s last two decades, the Yeomen may be putting away their cleats until next year. The men’s soccer team traveled to Gambier, Ohio, twice in the last week to take on the Kenyon College Lords where they played two close games, tying one 0–0 and losing the other 1–0. Tensions were high during Saturday’s game. “It was probably the most physical game I can remember,” said junior Remington Schneider. Each team committed 16 fouls over...

Yeomen junior defender Josh Wilkerson dribbles the ball against the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops. The team tied 0–0 after a drawn out match.

Men’s Soccer’s Historic Season to Continue into NCAC Playoffs

November 1, 2013

The men’s soccer team clinched its spot in the North Coast Athletic Conference playoffs after defeating the Allegheny College Gators in a 3–1 victory on Wednesday, Oct. 30. This is the first time since 2006 that the Yeomen have advanced this far in conference play. The Yeomen are currently 13–2–3, matching the wins of the 1988 squad with a 13–3–1 record. The Yeomen set the pace within the first 15 minutes of play when sophomore John Ingham netted his 14th goal of the season off an...

Sophomore Joshua Urso cross the finish line at the Inter-Regional Rumble on Oct. 19. He finished 29th out of 288 runners in the men’s varsity 8K.

What You Missed Over Break

November 1, 2013

Cross Country - The men’s and women’s cross country teams hosted more than 30 teams at the annual Inter-Regional Rumble. Amid mud and rainstorms, and supported by Oberlin’s Taiko drummers, the men and women finished thirteenth out of 31 and fifth out of 34 respectively. Men’s Soccer - Men’s soccer continued its impressive charge toward the playoffs, defeating the DePauw University Tigers 0–1. Despite a disappointing loss to the Denison University Big Red, the Yeomen came back to tie w...

Yeomen Steal Wins from Case Western, Wabash

Erickson Andrews, Staff Writer

October 11, 2013

The men’s soccer team is off to their best start in 25 years under the guidance of Head Coach Blake New, who has been at the helm of the program since 1999. This season’s 9–1–2 record is their best start to a season since 1988, when the team went 10–1–1 over the first 12 games. The team’s ability to make adjustments from game to game has been one of its strong points thus far. “We are a very mature team this year; we can play different styles and still be effective,” said New. “We can find ways to ‘win ugly’ when we need to, but we try to stick to our more attractive fast-paced possession style of play.” This year’s Yeomen earned their ninth win with a 2–0 victory over the Case Western...

Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Pioneers to Earn Third Win

Erickson Andrews, Staff Writer

September 27, 2013

The women’s soccer team won its third game of the season last Saturday when the Yeowomen defeated the visiting Marietta College Pioneers by a score of 1–0. The hero of the game proved to be first-year Cam Sacristan, who now ranks third on the team with six shots on goal. With time winding down and the score knotted at 0–0, the Yeowomen managed to gain possession of the ball and work it forward to sophomore Sarah Willete, who made the final pass to Sacristan for the goal with under 10 minutes remaining. This marked the second goal for Sacristan and the second assist for Sarah on the season. Following the goal, the Yeowomen played stout defense and slammed the door on all of the Pioneers’ late chances. “Our...

Men’s Socccer Mounts Strong Offense to Defeat Muskies

Erickson Andrews, Staff Writer

September 20, 2013

The men’s soccer team struck twice within the first 15 minutes against the visiting Muskingum University Muskies and held on to win in a 2–1 thriller this past Saturday night. Sophomore Slade Gottlieb got the team off to a hot start by netting a right-footed goal off a pass from first-year Sam Weiss. This is the fifth goal of the 2013 campaign for Slade, who is in the midst of a breakout season. The score quickly changed to 2–0 as sophomore John Ingham shot the ball past Muskingum’s goalkeeper five minutes later on a pass from senior captain Joe Graybeal. The Yeomen continued to threaten the weary defense of the visitors as they amassed a 9–2 shot advantage in the first half and 5–0 in shots on goal....

In the Locker Room with Brandt Rentel and Oidie Kuijpers

Rose Stoloff, Sports Editor

September 20, 2013

Why is being a goalkeeper better than playing on the field? Brandt Rentel: Well, because you can use your hands. Oidie Kuijpers: The diving thing is real fun. BR: I think you have to be a little bit crazy to be a goalkeeper though. There’s a lot of pressure on you not to let the other team score. It’s not necessarily always your fault, but at the end of the day it’s your job to keep the ball out of the back of the net. You’re essentially just throwing yourself in front of a ball that’s moving really fast. If you could play one position on the field what would you play? OK: I wouldn’t want to play any other position. I’m so bad at them. BR: When I was in high school, there were two goalke...

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