Menís soccer gets back on track

The menís soccer team went 1-1 over the past week dropping their first game in a conference match against Wabash College last Saturday, but picked up a big win on Tuesday when they defeated non-conference opponent Marietta College to break a three-game losing streak and bring the Scots to an overall record of 3-3-1 for the season.

Saturdayís defeat was a heartbreaker with the winning goal for Wabash coming in the 108th minute in double overtime.† The first half of the game was a defensive battle for the Scots as Wabash outshot them 13-3 but only three were on goal and Woosterís keeper Taylor Takacs í12 saved two of these from finding the back of the net.† Wabash did not find the net until just before the break in the 43rd minute.† The second half saw another onslaught of Wabash offense, again outshooting Wooster 14 to 4.† Takacs and his defense put up a valiant effort however, letting only six of these reach the keeper. Takacs was able to save all six, keeping Wabash scoreless in the second period and bringing his save total to eight for the match.† The Scotsí offense was able to answer Wabashís first half goal with one of their own when at the 82nd minute mark Karl Ruter í10, on an assist from Scott Buckwald í10, was able to beat the keeper and tie the game.† The game remained scoreless through the rest of regulation and the first overtime period.† It was in the 108th minute that Wabash was able to put a shot on goal past Takacs to end the match.

The Scots rallied and came back with a big win when they traveled to Marietta this past Tuesday and picked up the 3-0 victory.† The Scots scored early when in the seventh minute Yousef Aliakbar í11 put a beautiful cross into the middle of the box for Buckwald who was able to find the net just inside the near post scoring his fourth goal of this year and 15th of his career.† Despite Marietta shooting on goal nine times, the remainder of the first period was scoreless.† Wooster widened the gap midway through the second half when Aliakbar was able to draw out the keeper on a break-away and finish for the goal.† This was the first goal in Wooster uniform for the junior transfer.† Five minutes later Ruter sealed the victory for the Scots, netting a shot on an assist from Walker Diebold í13.† Takacs had another solid game for the Scots racking up six saves in his second shutout of the season.

The Scots return to action and look to improve their record tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. when they host conference opponent Kenyon College at Carl Dale Memorial Field.

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