September 17, 2014
Grove City blanks Oberlin 3-0 for first shutout
OBERLIN, Ohio -- Senior goalkeeper Ben Weaver (York, Pa./Dallastown) recorded a season-high eight saves in goal and the Wolverine defense produced its first shutout of the season as the Grove City College men's soccer team earned an important 3-0 non-conference road victory over Oberlin at Fred Shults Field on Wednesday night.
Sophomore forward David Wurmlinger (Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon) and freshman midfielder Blake Baer (Bedford, Pa./Bedford) netted goals for the Wolverines in the win and were aided by an Oberlin own goal late in the first half.
After controlling possession for the majority of the opening 26 minutes of the match, Grove City (4-2-1) took a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute when Wurmlinger found the back of the net for his second goal of the season.
The Wolverine lead grew to 2-0 in the 34th minute of the match when an Oberlin defender's clear attempt went spinning over his own goalkeeper's head for an own goal.
Grove City would carry that 2-0 lead through halftime and well into the second half. The Wolverine advantage would increase to 3-0 in the 77th minute when senior midfielder Kyle Richert (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley) struck a shot that was stopped but not controlled by the Yeoman goalkeeper and Baer collected the deflection and sent it home.
The goal was Baer's second of the season while Richert was credited with his first collegiate assist.
Oberlin (2-2) held a narrow 19-18 advantage in total shots while the Wolverines held a 9-8 edge in shots on goal.
Grove City faces another tough test on Saturday when they visit Heidelberg (3-2-2) for a 2 p.m. non-conference match.
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