October 19, 2010

NCAC Week 1

Week 1 action had the Yeomen opening in the midweek with the Wooster Scots at Fred Shults Field and closing on the weekend with a trip to perennial power Ohio Wesleyan.

The home contest versus Wooster was one-way traffic for much of the first 80 minutes, but the advantages in possession and chances yielded only a 1-0 advantage, as Justin Griffiths created havoc for the Wooster rearguard with his 33rd minute cross that found its way to the back of the net. Then another pair defensive miscues nearly turned the game on its head in the final 10 minutes. Fortunately only one of the blushes was punished as Wooster sent the game to overtime. Where once again the Yeomen dominated much of the possession. The game-winner from Evan Atwell came five and half minutes into the overtime from a Oliver Miller-Farrell corner kick.

With the weekend came a road contest to #6 nationally ranked Ohio Wesleyan. Ohio Wesleyan dominated much of the preceding and capitalized early with a goal in the 9th minute. The Yeomen held their ground, bouyed by Zach Lipshultz's top drawer performance. The Yeomen found chances on the counter and through set pieces. The equalizer would come from one such set piece. Wyatt Hayman flicked on a Joe Graybeal long throw in the 51st minute to Oliver Miller-Farrell who poked home his second tally of the year.

So the week ended fairly well, sitting middle of the table on 4 points with a few games in hand. Also Oliver Miller-Farrell earned NCAC player of the week honors for his crucial goal against Ohio Wesleyan and his assist on the game-winner versus Wooster.

Here are the recaps of the action from our opening conference week.

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