September 16, 2015

Wolverines hold on against Oberlin

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's soccer team took a three-goal lead in the second half and then held off a late Oberlin surge to earn a 4-3 victory over the Yeomen in regional non-conference action at College Field on a sunny Wednesday evening.

Four different players scored for the Wolverines in the victory. Senior Seth Loew (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) recorded a goal and an assist for Grove City (3-2) while junior Stephen Betteridge (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford-Mendon), junior Dale Reese (Rocky Hill, Conn./Loomis Chaffee) and freshman Nate Curry (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern York) also scored. Freshman Franklin Tropiano (Hillsdale, Mich./Hillsdale Academy) notched two assists while senior Tim Shackleton (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) also added an assist.

Grove City would strike first in the 20th minute, as Tropiano carried a ball into the right side of the box and slotted it to Loew in the center. Loew would turn and rip a shot across his body inside the left post to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead. The goal was Loew's team-leading third of the season and the 28th of his career, moving him into a tie for sixth all-time in goals at the College.

Oberlin (4-2) would even the score at 1-1 in the 27th minute when an attempted clear by the Grove City defense ricocheted off of John Ingham in the box and past senior goalkeeper Ben Weaver (York, Pa./Dallastown) inside the far post.

The match would remain tied at halftime, but the Wolverines would waste little time in the second half in reclaiming their lead, as Betteridge collected a cross from Shackleton and finished just 74 seconds after the break to give Grove City the lead for good at 2-1.

That lead would grow to 3-1 in the 66th minute when Tropiano crossed a ball from the right side of the box and Reese found it with a diving header that would find the back of the net just inside the far post. Later in the 75th minute, Loew would find Curry alone inside the box for the first goal of his collegiate career to give the Wolverines a commanding 4-1 lead.

Oberlin wouldn't give up, as Jesse Lauritsen found the back of the net in the 81st minute and Louis Naiman in the 88th minute to bring the Yeomen within a single goal at 4-3 and forcing Wolverine head coach Mike Dreves to reinsert several starters. The Wolverines, however, were able to hold firm over the final two-plus minutes to seal the victory.

Weaver made 10 saves in goal to earn the victory. Koryn Kramer stopped eight shots for Oberlin in the loss.

Grove City returns to action Saturday when they host Heidelberg in a 3 p.m. non-conference match.

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