The Oberlin Review

Men’s Soccer Struggles to Open NCAC Play

Ariel Lewis

October 7, 2011

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

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...

Women’s Soccer Dominates Away Game

Alen Cisija

September 30, 2011

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...

Women’s Soccer Falls Just Short against Brockport

James Kriz, Staff Writer

September 23, 2011

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

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...

Women’s Soccer Grabs Two Wins in Indiana

Madeleine O'Meara

September 16, 2011

The Oberlin women’s soccer team continued to be road warriors this season, moving its record to a solid 3–3–1 over the past week. The Yeowomen closed out a pair of tough wins in Indiana over Anderson University and Manchester College before coming up just short in a hard-fought defeat to the University of Mount Union. Oberlin began the weekend looking to avenge a 6–1 loss to conference foe Baldwin-Wallace College. “We really wanted to start fresh and change our attitude,” said senior co-captain Lori Sako. This mindset showed immediate effects, as 10 different players had shots on goal against Anderson. “We wanted to score first and keep the other team on their toes,” Sako said. Midway through...

Men’s Soccer Posts Shutouts for First Two Wins

James Kriz, Staff Writer

September 16, 2011

After opening the season with several tough outings, the men’s soccer team has found its stride, illustrated by the back-to-back victories secured this week. On Saturday the Yeomen traveled to Ada, Ohio, to play Defiance College. Oberlin effectively controlled the tempo throughout the game, gaining a huge 15–2 advantage in shots and also gaining a 9–2 edge in corner kicks taken. First-year midfielder Sam Winward provided the lone goal of the game, putting away a breakaway opportunity in the 13th minute. It was Winward’s first collegiate score; the rookie demonstrated his ability to step up and make a play. The Yeomen almost added a second goal around the 75-minute mark. Senior midfielder Oliver Miller-Farrell...

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