The Oberlin Review

Germany Does Not Have World Cup Locked Down

Jane Agler, Staff Writer

May 11, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

The biggest sporting event in the world is finally here. People from all around the globe will be tuning in on June 14 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, where 32 national teams will compete for international glory. Germany — the team that clinched the Cup back in 2014 — is still a favorite, but if the qualifying tournament showed us anything, the World Cup is still going to be full of surprises. Right now, there are only a handful of nations that seem to pose a strong threat. Germany, who will compete with much of the same roster as they did in 2014 — with noteworthy exceptions like Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm — is likely the most intimidating team to arrive in Russia. Following in their wake...

Arsenal FC Loses Wenger, Manager of 22 Years

Jane Agler, Staff Writer

April 27, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

After 22 years of managing Arsenal Football Club and providing the club with some of its most successful and memorable years to date, the sun is finally setting on Arsène Wenger’s career. Last week, Wenger announced to the public that he was leaving the club after the season finishes, marking the end of one of the most well-known managerial careers of all time. Regardless of the discourse revolving around his departure — much of which centered on whether his leave was overdue — it is necessary to sing the praises of a man who did so much for English and international soccer during one of the last tenured managerial careers seen today. When crunching the numbers, Wenger’s success is obvious. He managed 1,229 ga...

Gardiner Leaves Yeowomen After Program Turnaround, Successful 67-Game Career

Gardiner Leaves Yeowomen After Program Turnaround, Successful 67-Game Career

December 1, 2017

Gwennie Gardiner wears a ribbon in every single one of her soccer games. It’s for good luck. However, she probably didn’t need it when she scored her fourth goal of the game at the 22:30 mark of Oberlin’s 8–0 dismantling of the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes on her way to the program’s first United Soccer Coaches’ National Player of the Week award in September. She has long since traded her ribbon for a Yeowomen’s Soccer sweatshirt after playing her last game on Oct. 28. Of course...

My Experience as a Black Soccer Player at Oberlin

Brittany Mendez

November 3, 2017

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

One of the first times I hung out with the soccer team outside of practice, we listened to music with the n-word in it. We were mostly silent when the word was sung, but a few still looked me in the eye and said it. There was clear tension in the moment, but it was most likely soon forgotten by my teammates. It clearly stuck with me, since I am writing about it in this article. It was awkward, and I was not sure how to react. In that moment, I decided the easiest solution would be to ignore it altogether. I had only known my teammates for a few days, and I did not think it was worth making a scene. As one of the only minorities on the team — and the only one in the room at the time — I was not sure where I could...

In The Locker Room With Timothy Williams, Men’s Soccer Captain

In The Locker Room With Timothy Williams, Men’s Soccer Captain

September 15, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with senior captain and forward Timothy Williams of the Yeomen soccer team. This season, Williams has led the charge for the current 3–1–1 record after a crushing North Coast Athletic Conference Championship loss to the Kenyon College Lords last year. His efforts this year have been recognized beyond the NCAC, as he collected the National Division III Player of the Week accolade after the first week of play.  This interview has been edited for length and clari...

Yeomen Riding Five-Game Win Streak

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...

Intramurals Require Ambition, Accessibility

Intramurals Require Ambition, Accessibility

March 4, 2016

Organized sports definitely have their allure. Beside the stress release of physical activity, you get the community of a team, the drive and mo­tivation of a coach and the adrenaline from an organized competition. However, this all comes at the cost of pressure, extensive time commit­ment and often physical strain, all of which can sour the pure joy of running around outside and playing sports for some who prefer a more re­laxed environment. For those people, there are intramural sports. Intramural...

Red, White and Gold

Tyler Sloan, Sports Editor

April 27, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

The countdown to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada this summer has officially begun. With a little over a month until the festivities begin, analysts have started to embark on a series of lengthy commentaries that will consume sports media from now until early July. Every World Cup comes with a “group of death,” a term reserved for the bracket with the most top-ranking teams from around the world. Unsurprisingly, the FIFA No. 2-ranked United States Women’s National Team has, yet again, been selected for this group. Last time around in 2011, the team saw serious competition from Brazil and Sweden. This summer, the United States will face Sweden again, along with Australia and Nigeria in Group D. This y...

IM Soccer Captains Take Different Approaches

Bronwen Schumacher

May 2, 2014

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS

Every Tuesday and Thursday, groups of students gather at 4:45 p.m. on North Fields to duke it out in the spring Intramural Soccer Series. This year, the competition is tight, with five teams vying for the No. 1 spot. The teams have come up with creative names, as always: Golden Goals with Betty White, led by junior Maisy Byerly; The Goal Standard, headed by first-year Ian Hunt-Isaak; Program House, led by Kalind Parish; OKR led by junior Casey Silverstein; and reigning fall outdoor champions PUSSYWHIPPED, led by senior Ariel Goodman. While PUSSYWHIPPED hasn’t been as successful as it was in the fall, Goodman and her team won 4–3 against the Golden Goals on Tuesday. Despite a slew of losses since the season began,...

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