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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. 

Wooster Sportlight: Athletic Trainers Eager to Begin the New Season

Langston Hood

Sports Editor

 

As a new season dawned on the Fighting Scots Athletic Department, The Voice asked the heart and soul of the athletic department, the athletic trainers, a few questions. The athletic trainers play an integral role in keeping each and every athlete healthy and able to participate in their athletic endeavors. Usually operating behind the scenes, these individuals handle the side of athletics that many athletes dread. However, through their unmistakable spunk, passion, and care, athletic trainers make injuries, recovery, and everything in between that much easier for all involved. Whether it be at a 6:00 a.m. football practice, an afternoon in the training room, or a late night in the gym, the dependable athletic training staff is always ready to provide student-athletes with the care and attention they need.

My interactions with our three athletic trainers as a student training assistant are some of my fondest memories on campus. The athletic training team makes a concerted effort to improve the lives of those around them. One example of this is the gratitude that Head Athletic Trainer Nate Huston shows for the unlucky student trainers tasked with working early morning football practices. Usually taking place on the darkest, coldest days of winter, these practices are dreaded by both players and members of the training room staff. However, Nate has found a way to make these practices bearable, greeting the barely-awake team of student trainers with a box of assorted Dunkin’ Donuts munchkins. The spheres of sweetness work alongside burly winter coats to serve as the only protection against the frigid winter mornings.

Another characteristic of the athletic trainers that never ceases to amaze is the lengths to which they go just to get a smile out of their student-athletes. The nature of the training room is by no means jolly; for many, it serves as a symbol of injury or the backdrop for their recovery process. Yet, Wooster’s athletic trainers do everything in their power to make each and every trip to the training room enjoyable. This is evident through Nate’s playful attitude and the joy that each of Rachel’s student-athletes exhibit as they traipse into the training room. In his short time on the staff, Coleman has already made an impact on his student-athletes, as many warmly refer to him as Coach Coleman. 

This terrific trio of Nate Huston, Assistant Athletic Trainer Rachel Novario, and the newest addition to the team, Assistant Athletic Trainer Coleman Reifke, shared their excitement for the return of full schedules for Wooster’s sports teams and a sense of normalcy. The last few semesters created new and difficult challenges for the athletic training staff, as all 23 varsity sports participated at the same time during the 2021 spring semester. Additionally, the athletic trainers were tasked with overseeing contact tracing for the athletic department and handling testing for all athletics personnel including students, coaches, and officials. Each member of the athletic training staff expressed their eagerness to put the troublesome days of the past behind them as a brighter tomorrow emerges on the horizon.

         Nate Huston, the elder statesman of the athletic training staff, said that he was most looking forward to “seeing the student-athletes compete in the sport that they love and have put so much hard work into in order to be successful.” Nate then praised the strength of the Wooster community and the support that is readily available for every member of the Scot family.

         Rachel Novario echoed Nate’s excitement about seeing student-athletes compete on a regular schedule, as well as having a higher number of fans attending games, since they play a key role in the game day atmosphere. When asked about her favorite part of working at Wooster, Rachel said that it was “the opportunity that I’ve had to build relationships with the teams and student-athletes that I work with, both through athletic training and my role in SAAC.” Additionally, Rachel is looking forward to a return to normalcy and a more standard 2021-2022 year.

          Rounding out the training room staff is the newest member of the team, Coleman Reifke. Coleman joined the team over the summer and has since transitioned seamlessly with the help of his seasoned colleagues. The welcoming community of Wooster was something that Coleman emphasized, saying, “everyone has welcomed me and helped me settle into my role as an Assistant Athletic Trainer.” Coleman went on to compliment the competitive athletics that the college offers while still holding student-athletes to a high standard in the classroom. He also reiterated the excitement of the other athletic trainers when speaking about his anticipation of student-athletes returning to full competitive seasons. He added that the energy around the athletic department is infectious and that he is looking forward to watching it transfer onto the field.

Football Outlasts Geneva in Offensive Clinic

Thomas Pitney

Sports Editor

   

 On Saturday, Sept. 4, the Wooster Fighting Scots’ home football game against the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes featured once-familiar sights: a packed crowd, terrific pregame and halftime performances by the Scot band, and enthusiastic cheerleaders. In the first ever matchup between the two teams, Wooster came out on top in a thrilling opener 42-35.

          The Scots’ offense was in sync all night, as Wooster’s senior captain quarterback, Mateo Renteria, completed 19 of his 29 passes for 277 yards and tossed three touchdown passes. Renteria spread around the wealth as well, completing passes to seven different receivers. Fellow senior captain Cole Hissong, who had a touchdown catch, was impressed with the offense’s performance, stating “it shows Mateo’s confidence in the group to make plays when it matters and also the confidence we have in ourselves.” 

       Defensively, the Scots faced the Golden Tornadoes’ run-heavy, triple option offense. The triple option is a running play in which the quarterback has the “option” to hand off the ball to a bruising fullback, keep the ball, or pitch the ball to a running back. Angelo Petracci, the senior captain linebacker, thought that “the biggest challenge prepping for the triple option is making sure that everyone knows their assignment. We knew that they were going to run the ball 90 to 95 percent of their plays, but every play the quarterback had the option to handoff or pitch the ball to two to three different people.” Despite this unique challenge, the Scots’ defense made several crucial plays throughout the game.

        Early in the second quarter, a one-yard rushing touchdown by junior Andrew Yanssens gave the Scots a 14-7 lead. Five minutes later, after Wooster’s defense forced a turnover on downs, Renteria threw perhaps his best pass of the night to first-year wideout Bryant Douglas II for a 42-yard touchdown to give Wooster a 21-7 lead. Renteria noticed that Geneva’s defensive coverage was “press man back side with no safety over the top. On the snap, the safety worked away from the boundary, so I knew I had the one-on-one match up. I trusted the O-line for some time, trusted young Red, and put it downfield for him.”

        After Geneva cut the Wooster lead to 21-14 at halftime, the Scots’ defense responded with a pair of turnovers in the third quarter. Sophomore defensive back Kobe Nadu caught Geneva’s quarterback’s pitch in midair and took it to the house to give the Scots a 28-14 lead. Nadu credited the score to team defense, saying that the “linebacker and safety hit the quarterback and he tried to pitch it late and I came through and jumped it after getting off the block.” Then, with a 28-21 lead late in the third quarter, Wooster’s sophomore defensive end Domenic DeMuth recovered a Geneva fumble. The Scots’ offense took advantage of the short field and stretched the lead to 35-21 on a Renteria pass to junior wideout EJ Humphries.

    After Geneva cut the lead again to 35-28 with a long touchdown drive, Wooster’s senior running back, Troy Baughman, broke loose for a 56-yard touchdown run to give the Scots a 42-28 cushion with 7:05 left. Geneva responded with a terrific kickoff return and short touchdown drive that made it 42-35. With 3:57 left, Wooster was forced to punt, giving the Golden Tornadoes a chance to tie the game. Wooster’s defense had other plans, as junior defensive back Dorion Talley broke up a fourth down pass to secure the Wooster victory. “The mentality was to focus on making one stop at a time. We were able to get in the right defensive alignment to win and ultimately it worked out in our favor,” said Petracci on the defensive stand. Hissong was also proud of the team’s overall performance, but is already focused on next week. “Any time you walk away with a win, it’s a great feeling. Starting the season 1-0 was our priority, but we just want to take it one week at a time.” 

 

Wooster faces off next at home against Kenyon on Saturday September 11, at 1:00 PM.