October 16, 2009

Faded Glory

Over homecoming weekend the men's and women's soccer teams hosted the annual alumni game, gathering past players from across the country. This year the game took on a new twist as the alumni played one another rather than the varsity squad. Thankfully the tradition of Oberlin winning was maintained. Here are some highlights from the cold, wet evening.

October 14, 2009

OC battles #2 OWU

Tonight the Oberlin College men's soccer team is hosting Division III power Ohio Wesleyan University. The Battling Bishops currently ranked #2 in the latest NSCAA national poll bring an undefeated record to the Yeomen's home field. Oberlin has yet to relinquish a goal at home during the 2009 season posting 5 shutouts winning all five matches. The two previous meetings between OC and OWU have been very tightly contested matches with both teams throwing everything they had at the other. OWU found themselves on the positive side of 1-0 scorelines in those matches.

The Yeomen are coming off a 1-0 win over NCAC opponent Wittenberg University this past Saturday to cap off Oberlin Athletic's Homecoming events. In a game where possession was fairly lopsided the OC players would have liked to see a few more of their point blank chance end up in the back of the net.

A couple of good days of training have us chomping at the bit to get out and defend our home field. Tonight will be a test and if we can put away our chances in front of goal I like our chances. A win for OC puts us in everyone's conversation across the country.

Go Yeo!

We are working to put together highlights from the Wittenberg match and will post some from the OWU game as well.

October 2, 2009

NCAC Play Heats Up

The Oberlin College men's soccer team is one day away from being fully engaged in North Coast Athletic Conference play. The team travels to Richmond, Indiana for a match up versus the Earlham College Quakers. The two teams will once again be playing for the rights to the Freedom Trophy. An EC alum initiated the trophy in 2005 given in honor of their 1954 team. The trophy represents the two institutions commitment to freedom and social justice.

The Yeomen are the current holders of the trophy downing EC 7-0 at home on Fred Shultz Field. We will look to continue our good start to the season (5-2-2) with a win on the road.

This past week the Yeomen went 1-1-1. Traveling to Case Western we struggled to find our feet on the turf and dropped a 1-0 game to a formidable UAA foe. On the weekend Oberlin opened NCAC play at Hiram College drawing 1-1. After falling behind Skyler Dum was able to level the score just minutes later. Although we would have rather won playing on the road and in an inhospitable environment earning one point for the conference race will do. During the midweek against Otterbein College, the Yeomen would defend our home field again posting our 4th shutout to remain unbeaten this season in the confines of Fred Shults Field. Josh Brancazio put the Yeomen on top midway through the second half and Dum tallied his 6th goal of the year to seal the match.

We hope that you have had the chance to see us in action via our webcasts of the past few games. Oberlin is making the effort to provide live video feeds of all our matches so that our fans, parents and recruits have the opportunity to be with us even when they cannot be on campus. Check our website (goyeo.com) for a schedule of games to be broadcast.