September 13, 2014

Offense excels in 4-1 win over Baldwin Wallace

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's soccer team got goals from four different players and the Wolverines pulled away in the second half for a 4-1 non-conference victory over Baldwin Wallace on Saturday afternoon at College Field.

Juniors Seth Loew (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) and Justin Phillips (Simi Valley, Calif./Oaks Christian) led the way for Grove City (3-2-1) with a goal and an assist each while junior Tim Shackleton (Great Valley, Pa./Malvern) and senior Jordan Carmichael (West Milford, N.J./West Milford) also found the back of the net.

The Wolverines jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Loew made a turn in the right side of the box and found Shackleton cutting unmarked down the middle for a goal inside the right post. The goal was Shackleton's first of the season while Loew recorded his team-leading fifth assist.

In the 18th minute, the Grove City lead increased to 2-0 when a Phillips shot was blocked and Loew immediately collected the deflected ball in the box and fired it into the back of the net. The goal was Loew's team-leading third of the year while Phillips earned his first assist.

Baldwin Wallace (1-5) cut Grove City's lead in half in the 24th minute when Justin Ball played a ball ahead to Cody Smith, who carried the ball into the right side of the box for a one-on-one with Wolverine goalkeeper Ben Weaver (York, Pa./Dallastown) before beating Weaver inside the left post to make it a 2-1 game.

The Yellow Jackets used that momentum to control play for the remainder of the first half, but the Weaver and the Grove City defense came up with some key plays to keep the Wolverines on top into halftime.

The Wolverines retook a two-goal advantage in the 51st minute when a Baldwin Wallace foul set up a free kick, and sophomore Frank Hueber (Philadelphia, Pa./Calvary Christian) played a great ball into the box which Phillips finished with his head to push the score to 3-1. The goal was Phillips' first of the season while Hueber registered his second assist.

Hueber notched his second assist of the match in the 83rd minute when he found Carmichael for an insurance goal to extend Grove City's lead to 4-1. Carmichael moved into a tied for the team-lead with his third goal of the season while Hueber's assist was his third of the year.

Weaver played well in goal for the Wolverines, making five saves and several other clears while facing 15 shots.

Grove City travels to Oberlin on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. non-conference match.

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