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Field Hockey Grows, Even in 4-0 Defeat to Ohio Wesleyan

Langston Hood

Sports Editor

 

The Fighting Scots field hockey team looked to keep its winning streak rolling as it took on the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops. Wednesday’s match served as the team’s home opener after it battled the Washington & Jefferson Presidents to a 4-3 overtime win in the season opener on Saturday, Sept. 4th.

Clear blue skies were nowhere to be seen as an overcast day served as the backdrop to Wednesday’s conference matchup. The Battling Bishops went into its match against Wooster sporting a record of 2-1. However, escaping Wooster’s storied home stadium with a victory is something that few teams accomplish.

The game got off to an electric start as the Fighting Scots strung passes together at will, but were unable to threaten the Battling Bishops’ goal in the early stages. A series of questionable calls against the Scots gifted the Bishops numerous opportunities throughout the first minutes of the match. After a particularly suspect call, the Battling Bishops managed to break the deadlock. Following a quick restart, an Ohio Wesleyan forward managed to loft the ball over the head of Junior goalie Zoë Semersky ’23 to score the first goal of the game.

In the fifth minute, following a scramble in front of the Wooster goal, a diving effort from a particularly determined Battling Bishop doubled the Ohio Wesleyan lead. The Wooster attack was hindered by numerous foul calls for the majority of the first quarter. The referees seemed to be intent on keeping the game clean and fair, which did not bode well with the tenacious nature of the Fighting Scots. The first quarter closed with the Battling Bishops holding a two-goal advantage over Wooster.

The second quarter continued much like the first as the Battling Bishops managed to increase their lead to three scores in the 20th minute. Wooster played defensively as Ohio Wesleyan attacked for much of the quarter. The Battling Bishops had ridden into Papp Stadium with a two-game winning streak, only conceding two goals in their first three games of the season. Their confidence and depth were evident as they outshot the Fighting Scots 6-0 in the second quarter. Despite the flurry of shots that the Wooster goal faced, the 20th minute goal from Ohio Wesleyan was the only success of the quarter.

Halftime provided some reprieve for the Fighting Scots as they looked to come out in the second half and flip the script on the Battling Bishops, who held the upper hand throughout the first half. During the 3rd quarter, the Wooster attack looked invigorated and eager to claw its way back into the game. The three-goal lead for the Battling Bishops looked to be at stake early in the 3rd quarter as Wooster took two shots and limited OWU to only one attempt. However, the Bishops’ attack proved to be decisive as it found the back of the net and stretched the lead to 4-0 in favor of Ohio Wesleyan. The goal came in the 39th minute and would be the last of Wednesday’s affair.

Wooster’s energy only increased going into the 4th quarter as the Fighting Scots continued to battle. The Wooster attack outshot Ohio Wesleyan 5-2 in the 4th quarter. The defense, anchored by goaltender Lucy Segal ’23, stood strong and did not allow the Bishops’ attack to stretch their four-goal lead any further. The young Wooster team showed a great amount of tenacity as they took control of the 4th quarter and refused to go down without a fight.

Senior captain Catilyn O’Connor ’22, alluded to the positive attitude of her team saying, “they were a tough team to open up to, but being a very young team, we came out strong and are excited and eager to meet them again.” The optimism and desire from one of the team’s leaders speaks to the hunger that this team carries. This intensity allowed the Scots to bounce back by dispatching the Concordia Falcons in two games this past weekend to put the team back on track. 

The value of playing a strong team was something fellow captain, Lucy Agurkis ’23, also alluded to as she spoke about the team’s performance. Agurkis said, “this game was a good learning opportunity, I’m so proud of this team for never giving up and leaving it all on the field.” 

Our Fighting Scots will take on the DePauw Tigers Saturday at 11:00 AM at the storied John P. Papp Stadium as part of Black & Gold Weekend, make sure to come out and support!

 

Women’s Rugby Walks Off For Victory Against Denison

Thomas Pitney

Sports Editor

 

The Wooster women’s rugby team, like the rest of the world, has had to overcome its share of adversity over the past year-and-a-half. Co-President Claira Schiffrik ’23 noted that “the pandemic left us with only 10 players and no coach in May of this year.” However, the Scots showed off their resilience, having a last-second, game-winning try on Saturday, Sept. 18 in their home opener to capture a win over Denison University by a score of 45-40.

Despite the heat on Saturday, John Papp Stadium was filled with many members of the Wooster community who were eager to watch the rugby match. “I’m really thankful that students want to come out to our games and look forward to them, even though most aren’t familiar with rugby. It just goes to show how great our campus community is,” said Sammie Burke ’23.

The Scots rewarded their fans early in the game by pushing Denison backward, and eventually breaking through the left side of Denison’s defense to make the first try of the game. Unfortunately, the team also suffered a loss early in the physical game, when Etta DeMartino ’22 broke her finger in the scuffle. As the game wore on, it was clear that the two teams were evenly matched, as they traded scores throughout the first half. Tied 12-12, Sarah Snider ’23 had a long scamper for a try that gave Wooster a 19-12 lead. The Scots followed this up with a score on a terrific backward pass to take a two-score lead. Unfortunately for Wooster, Denison did not give up, scoring to cut the lead to 24-19 at halftime.

Wooster once again stretched the lead to two scores with Emma Van Amburgh ’24 scoring the first try of the second half. Just when it felt like the Scots were going to pull away and keep building on the 31-19 lead, Denison stole back the momentum with two quick tries. In about a minute, Wooster went from leading 31-19 to trailing 33-31. “Denison got ahead of us because we got too comfortable in our lead and let ourselves lean into our exhaustion,” said Schiffrik on the sudden turn of the game in favor of Denison. Fortunately, according to Burke, “we have such a great leader in our coach [Stephanie Snoeberger]. During our quick water break after the tries, she was just preaching to us to stay focused and that we need to just play our game.” Using the inspiration from their coach, each other, the crowd, and the competition, the Scots bounced back in a big way.

Following the Denison score, Wooster scored a try of its own to retake the lead at 38-33. Nevertheless, Denison continued to carve up the Scots for another quick score and kick to take a late 40-38 lead. When all seemed lost for the Scots, Schiffrik said, “we knew it was time to turn it back on. We pumped each other up with the support of the crowd and threw everything we had into our last play.” All the effort was worth it, as, with no time left on the clock, Paige Williams ’22 broke free and scored the game-winning try to give Wooster the 43-40 lead, with Schiffrik tacking on a made kick to finalize Wooster’s 45-40 victory.

After all the challenges that have marked Wooster women’s rugby, the team was thrilled with the game and their performance. “We have an amazing group of women ready for the upcoming season, and our last game showed all the talent and persistence instilled in each of us,” said Co-President Holly McAnlis ’22.

The team will go on the road on Saturday, Sept. 25 to face Kenyon College. The next home game for the Scots will be on Saturday, Nov. 6, come check it out!

Men’s Soccer Grinds Out Gritty Win Against Muskingum

Rosa Spurgeon

Contributing Writer

 

Saturday evening’s matchup between the Wooster Fighting Scots and the Muskingum University Muskies had all the makings for a frenetic and fast-paced affair. The Fighting Scots were riding high after a win against Heidelberg University, but still eager to string together a comprehensive performance. Meanwhile, the Muskies had proven to be a hard-nosed team, often blurring the line between physical and foul play. They totaled 14 yellow cards and four red cards throughout their first five games of the season. Both of these factors came into play as the Fighting Scots met the Muskies on Saturday night at Muskingum’s North Athletic Turf Field. 

The Fighting Scots returned home with another win after defeating Muskingum University. Max Wiley ’25, assisted by Luca Napora ’24, scored the game-winning, and only, goal of the game, bringing home a 1-0 win for the Wooster men’s soccer program. First-year rising star Wiley said, “We had a great team win on Saturday. It wasn’t always pretty, but everyone put in the work and we got the job done. That is something special about our group this year. We’re all working towards a goal that’s bigger than ourselves. As a freshman, it gives me confidence knowing that everyone in the locker room has my back.”

The defense stood out in Saturday’s game — goalkeeper Jason Prather ‘24 did not have to save a single shot out of the five attempts made against Wooster. Muskingum did not even register a single shot in the second-half, as the back-line stood strong.. With fifth-year BJ Tally ’22 at left back, Junior Jack Whitehouse ’23 at right back, and a center back pairing of senior Caleb King, ’22 and fifth-year captain Dani Halbing ’22 they were able to shut down Muskingum’s offensive plays. Prather, coming off yet another game in which he played all 90 minutes, commented, “I think this win was big for us. We didn’t play our best game and we played a really physical and determined team, but were still able to not only keep a clean sheet, but get the win. These are the games we have to win if we want to solidify ourselves as a top tier program. So while we can definitely do better, we are happy to get the win and keep moving.”

The Fighting Scots had a rough start as Muskingum tried to play the game at a slower pace. Once the Scots were able to pick up their intensity, they scored their only goal of the game in the 27th minute. Sophomore midfielder, Luca Napora ’24, assisted this goal and said, “It was a good win but a frustrating game. We had a lot of good chances but could only convert one. Still nice to get a clean sheet and we go on to the next game.”

Wooster’s build-up play proved to be adequate and capable of creating chances as the Fighting Scots frequently found themselves in positions to threaten the Muskingum goal. However, the final product was lacking for the majority of the evening until Wiley provided the much needed breakthrough to relieve the previously scoreless Scots. Throughout the preliminary stages of this season, Wiley has often served as the Fighting Scots’ locksmith capable of crafting solutions to the toughest defenses. This season, Wiley has grabbed headlines by scoring four goals, two of which were game winners, and adding an assist as one of Wooster’s brightest young stars. 

With the Scots having 17 shot attempts and only scoring one goal, will they be able to produce enough to score against teams with equally formidable backlines? 9 of those 17 shots were actually on the goal, leaving Muskingum’s goalkeeper with 8 saves. In the early stages of the season, the defense has proved sturdy; the looming question is whether or not the attack can follow suit and finish chances when they are called upon. 

With the Fighting Scots currently at a winning record of 6-2, things are looking good for the rest of the season. The team currently includes six fifth-year students who came back in order to compete for one last year after the unfortunate inability to have a season last fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fifth-year captain Dani Halbing ’22, who has returned to Wooster for one last semester, commented, “This season has gotten off to an incredibly positive start for us. Our preseason was high intensity as usual, and it was impressive seeing how the freshman class fit into that practice environment as quickly as they did. Off the field we are very tight knit as well, we have an unmatched family feel within our group that provides the vulnerability and trust that any team needs in order to build towards success.” 

The Scots next play in front of their home fans on Black and Gold Weekend against Wabash College on Saturday, Sept. 25

Women’s Soccer Cruises to 5-0 Against Muskingum

Langston Hood

Sports Editor

 

The Wooster Fighting Scots women’s soccer team took on the Muskingum Muskies in a non-conference matchup at Carl Dale Field on Wednesday, Sept. 8. The match got off to a quick  start as Miura Wiley ’21 took off down the right flank and served a ball into the box for Hallie Krzys ’25, who provided the finishing touch to put the Scots up 1-0 just 40 seconds into the game. Krzys’ opening goal set the tone for the remainder of the match, as the aggressive Wooster offense attacked at will to capture a comfortable 5-0 victory over the Muskies. 

After notching her first collegiate goal, Krzys bagged another one for the Scots six minutes later to give Wooster an early 2-0 lead. When asked about scoring her first goals as a Scot, Krzys said, “it was a very exciting moment, getting one on the board early really helped my confidence and the team’s confidence and brought us energy throughout the game.” That confidence was on full display as the Fighting Scots’ offense broke down the Muskies’ defense, totaling 19 shots in the first half of Wednesday’s match.

Wooster’s dominance on the attack was a theme throughout the matchup, as in the 27th minute, Teddi Farson ’23 added a third goal to stretch the lead to 3-0. Eager to score her first ever collegiate goal, Farson said that, “when I scored, I had an emotional sigh of relief because that was the moment I had been waiting for since my freshman year.” Farson’s long-awaited goal was the last of the first half as the Fighting Scots carried a three-goal lead into half time.

The second half followed the same script as the first, with the Fighting Scots peppering the Muskingum goal with 14 shots. Although the second half didn’t begin with the same opening fireworks as the first half, Miura Wiley ’22 scored for Wooster in the 55th minute. After a scramble in the box, Wiley pounced on a loose ball and tucked it away to increase the Scots’ lead to 4-0. Wiley has been a consistent scorer throughout her Wooster career and got back to her scoring ways with her first goal of the season on Wednesday.

The Wooster defense proved sturdy all evening as both goaltenders worked together to keep the Muskies scoreless, making a combined 3 saves throughout the match. 20 minutes after Wiley’s goal, the Fighting Scots decided that the Muskies hadn’t had enough. First-year Emma Jaros followed Krzys and Farson by opening her own collegiate scoring account. In the 74th minute, Jaros notched the fifth goal of the evening for the potent Wooster attack. Although the match had seemingly been settled from the start, Jaros’ goal served as the final nail in the Muskingum coffin, cementing a Wooster victory on the hallowed grounds of Carl Dale.

 Throughout the match, the Fighting Scots’ defense kept the Muskies out of the goal and  registered their second shutout of the season. The thumping of Muskingum served as a confidence booster after a tough weekend that saw the Fighting Scots drop two games during the Penn State Behrend Herb Lauffer Memorial Tournament.

Wednesday evening’s matchup also allowed Coach Geordie Brown to play the majority of his team. Holly Thompson ’22 touched on this aspect of the match saying, “it was a good win, and it was nice to see everyone get in and see everyone bring such value to the team.” The depth of the Fighting Scots’ women’s soccer team will prove to be vital as the season picks up and the fixtures start to come thick and fast. Additionally, the young talent that the Wooster team possesses was on full display as first-years scored three of Wooster’s five goals. This is another element of the squad that will prove important as conference play begins in the coming weeks, since the Fighting Scots have their eyes set on clinching another NCAC title.

Wooster women’s soccer’s next game will take place at home on Saturday, Sept. 18 as the Scots take on Wilmington College.  

Women’s Tennis Defeated in Match Against Otterbein 6-3

  Bobby Ramkissoon

Staff Writer

 

As the tennis legend Billie Jean King once said, “losing a tennis match isn’t a failure, it’s research.” Last Saturday, the Wooster women’s tennis team suffered a 6-3 defeat to Otterbein University—requiring them to exceed even the expectations of America’s premier college for undergraduate research. 

           In doubles play, only the team of Abby Aitken ’24 and Katie Materick ’23, who competed in the third doubles match, were able to clinch a victory, winning by a score of 8-6. Unfortunately for Wooster, Otilia Oita ’24 and Kim Nguyen ’24, fell 8-1 in the first match, while Ishika Gupta ’23 and Janaki Jagannathan ’25 found themselves on the wrong side of the 8-6 split in the second match.

            On the bright side, Jagannathan and Nguyen both bounced back from their losses in doubles by winning their individual matches. In these matches, Jagannathan and Nguyen demonstrated their individual prowess. Jagannathan captured a victory in the third individual match by winning in two sets by scores of 6-1 and 7-5. Although Nguyen needed an additional set, she was able to secure the win in her individual match (6-2, 1-6, 6-1). Unfortunately, Wooster did not go undefeated in the singles matches. Aitken fell in a three-set match, losing the first set 6-2, winning the second set 6-4, and losing the third and final set by a score of 6-3. Oita lost in two sets by scores of 6-3 and 6-0, and Gupta fell in her individual match in two sets by scores of 6-3 and 6-2. 

           Although Wooster was unable to come away with the victory in last Saturday’s match, the  Fighting Scots are optimistic about their next match on Saturday, Sept. 18, when they will be hosting their first match of the season against Baldwin Wallace. Aitken said that, “even though the scores didn’t necessarily fall our way against Otterbein, we fought really hard, and I think we should bring that fight when we play Baldwin Wallace.”

          Gupta shared a similar sentiment, “Our result against Otterbein was not as we hoped, but I feel our entire team played really hard and gave it their all. We will definitely be working on our doubles skills and tactics. I also feel that we were able to fight back after being a few games down but were not able to convert those into a win, so we hope that our match against Baldwin Wallace is in our favor.” 

          When asked what the team could do to improve, Aitkens added that, “In tight matches, it’s great to have the whole team cheering for you, so supporting each other during the match will always be beneficial. No matter what, I know we will play hard and show the opposing team what it means to be a Fighting Scot!”

The Scots’ next match will take place on Saturday, Sept. 18 at home against Baldwin Wallace. 

Wooster Golf Stands Out At Competitions Over Weekend

Thomas Pitney

Sports Editor

 

          Though the Wooster women’s and men’s golf teams competed on different courses and in different events on Saturday, Sept. 11, they both shined. At the Grove City College Fall Invitational, the women’s team finished in first place out of nine teams. The men’s team, playing in the Dan Caschera Invitational, finished in second place out of four teams.  

        The Wooster women’s golf team ran away with the Grove City College Fall Invitational title with a score of 356 strokes, 17 strokes ahead of second-place Marietta College. The Scots’ dominant performance was led by medalist Melissa Burtscher ’24, who shot an 82 (+10) and finished with the best individual score of the invitational. Highlights in Burtscher’s round were a pair of birdies on the par-four tenth hole and the par-five sixteenth hole.

        Burtscher was especially proud of her birdie on the tenth hole. After missing a short birdie putt on the ninth hole, Burtscher said, “my mindset was to get another good look at a birdie. I teed my ball up and hit a nice drive down the right-hand side of the fairway. I had about 130 yards into the green and hit a solid 9 iron a couple yards left and just short of the flagstick. I walked up to the green thinking I could make the putt. I hit an aggressive putt to take the potential break out and the ball went straight in the back of the cup.

         Following Burtscher was Ally Siewert ’25, who finished in fourth place with an 88 (+16); Drew Patterson ’24 tied for sixth place with a 91 (+19); Meghan Wright ’22 finished with a 92 (+20) to tie for twelfth place; Kaula Audette ’22 tied for fifteenth place with a 94 (+22); Maddie Moran ’25 scored a 97 (+25) to finish tied for nineteenth; Riley Thorr ’23 finished tied for twenty-first with a score of 98 (+26).

          The team victory was the ninth in the history of Wooster women’s golf. Meghan Wright summed up the team’s morale after this major accomplishment for the program. “There were many other competitive schools at the tournament, so this victory affirmed our preparation for the season. Overall, this victory sets the tone of the season in a positive direction for us.”

        In West Lafayette, Ohio, the men’s golf team finished in second place in the Dan Caschera Invitational with a team score of 453 (+21). However, this event posed a unique challenge. Rather than the traditional eighteen-hole format, the Dan Caschera Invitational required the competitors to play twenty-seven holes. “It was more challenging to stay focused because of the length of the round. But besides more food and water, I approached it the same as every other tournament,” said Jacob Ullom ’24. Ben Foltz ’22 had similar challenges, noting that, “since you have to be focused every minute while playing golf, holding that focus for seven and a half hours was by far the most difficult part.

         Ullom’s and Foltz’s approaches certainly worked. Ullom finished in third place overall and first for Wooster with a score of 110 (+2), and Foltz trailed close behind with a score of 111 (+3), good enough for fourth place overall. On the back nine, both Ullom and Foltz shot even par. Ullom was extremely happy with his performance on the back nine, especially on the twenty-third hole. “I saved par after driving it into the heather grass and hitting it to a couple feet with my third shot.”

         The Scots were rounded out by Tyler Hilbert ’24, who shot a 113 (+5) to finish tied for eighth place, Krishang Nayak ’25 with a 114 (+6) to tie for eleventh place, Sam Norris ’25 with a 116 (+8) to finish tied for seventeenth place, David Dennis ’24, who shot a 117 (+9) to finish tied for twenty-first, Noah Jackman ’25, who finished twenty-fifth with a score of 118 (+10), Eddie Papp ’24 with a 120 (+12) to tie for twenty-seventh place, DD Dawrat ’24, who took 123 strokes (+15) to finish tied for thirty-second, and Ethan Kramer ’24, who shot a 132 (+24) to finish fifty-first.

        Though the men did not win the event, they were encouraged by the second-place finish. Foltz is “loving the enthusiasm, determination and adaptability our team is cultivating. Thanks to the great recruiting process, we are looking better than ever this year.”

The women’s golf team next competes at the Heidlberg Fall Invitational at Fostoria Country Club on Friday, Sept. 17 and Saturday, Sept. 18. The men’s next competition will be the Poppa Flowers Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 18 at Highland Park Golf Course.