October 17, 2015

Loew breaks assist record as Grove City rolls on Senior Day

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Senior Seth Loew (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) recorded two goals and two assists and broke the Grove City College men's soccer program's career assist record as the Wolverines rolled to a 7-0 Senior Day victory over Saint Vincent (1-13-2, 0-4-1) in Presidents' Athletic Conference action on a blustery Saturday afternoon at College Field.

Junior Dale Reese (Rocky Hill, Conn./Loomis Chaffee) added a goal and an assist for the Wolverines (9-4-1, 4-1 PAC) while senior defender Tim Shackleton (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley), freshman midfielder Nate Curry (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern York), sophomore defender Joe DeAugustino (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) and senior midfielder Jonathan Mathes (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) each also scored.

Loew's two assists gave him four for the season and 19 for his career, breaking the previous record of 17 that was set by current head coach Mike Dreves in 1996 and tied by Nate Jones in 2005. Loew also sits fourth in College history in both goals (37) and points (93).

After a quiet first 15 minutes of action, Loew got the Wolverines on the board in the 16th minute when Reese volleyed a ball to him and Loew finished from 15 yards out across the box and inside the left post to give Grove City a 1-0 lead. The goal was Loew's third game-winner of the year while Reese recorded his fifth assist.

Loew would then take sole possession of the assist record in the 24th minute when he carried a ball along the left side of the endline and crossed a ball into the middle of the six-yard box, where Shackleton was perfectly positioned to head the ball inside the left post for his second goal of the season to make it a 2-0 game.

Grove City would add one more goal before halftime in the 39th minute when freshman midfielder Jimmy Hueber (Philadelphia, Pa./Calvary Christian) ripped a dangerous shot that was saved by Saint Vincent goalkeeper Jon White, but Curry was in the right place to clean up the deflection, finishing inside the left post for his second goal of the year to make it a 3-0 halftime advantage for the Wolverines. Hueber netted his first collegiate assist on the play.

Early in the second half, Loew and Reese would connect for the second time on the day and the fourth time in the past two games as Loew played a through-ball into the box and Reese finished from six yards out inside the left post to give Grove City a 4-0 lead. The goal was Reese's fourth of the year while Loew would notch his fourth assist.

Loew would add another goal in the 61st minute off a double assist, as sophomore forward Peter Tobias (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) crossed a ball from the left side across the box to junior midfielder Stephen Betteridge (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford-Mendon), who headed the ball back over to Loew for a finish inside the left post to extend the Wolverine lead to 5-0. The assist was the first of Tobias' collegiate career while Betteridge recorded his second assist of the season.

DeAugustino would net the first goal of his collegiate career in the 79th minute when his shot from 35 yards out sailed over White and into the upper left corner of the goal unassisted. Mathes would then add his second goal of the season when sophomore midfielder Blake Baer (Bedford, Pa./Bedford) slotted a ball through two defenders into the box, and Mathes finished inside the right post from six yards out to close the scoring at 7-0 in the 89th minute.

In goal, senior Ben Weaver (York, Pa./Dallastown) made three saves in 65-plus minutes of action to earn the victory while sophomore Malcolm Blake (Moreland Hills, Ohio/Orange) stopped one shot in the final 24 minutes to complete the shutout. With the win, Weaver now has 27 for career and needs just one more to move into a tie for first place in program history for career wins in goal.

The Wolverines held a commanding 39-7 advantage in total shots, including a 20-4 lead in shots on goal, and also earned seven corner kicks to two for the Bearcats.

The Wolverines will host conference-leader and nationally-ranked Thomas More at 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in their regular-season home finale.

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