TIFFIN, Ohio—The Heidelberg University women’s and men’s soccer teams will open their final home stand of the 2011 season when they host John Carroll University in Ohio Athletic Conference matches at Mayer Field on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 18-19, respectively. Kickoff for both matches is slated for 7 p.m. Live stats for both matches will be available at http://www.heidelberg.edu/athletics/livestats.
In addition, both matches will be broadcast live on the ‘Berg Athletics Network beginning with a pregame show at 6:45 p.m. Jeff Garvin will have the call. An archived recording will be available following the match.
The Berg women, 5-8-1 overall and 2-3-0 in the OAC, are coming off a 2-0 loss at Mount Union on Saturday, but have won two of their last three. Heidelberg currently sits in seventh place in the conference standings, but can clinch a berth in the conference tournament with a run in its last four games. The team is led by sophomore midfielder Kelsey Hogan (Cincinnati/Mariemont), who ranks among the league’s top-10 with 11 points (ninth), five goals (sixth, tie) and 48 shots (third), in addition to her 24 shots on goal and .500 shots-on-goal percentage. In the Berg’s last win, a 1-0 shutout of Baldwin-Wallace College (Oct. 12), Hogan scored the game-winner in the 21st minute with a perfectly placed shot off a free kick.
Backing Hogan is sophomore Aleseya Evans (Troy) with six points on three goals and senior midfielder Kristen Schneider (Evendale/Mount Notre Dame) with four points on two goals. Schneider has placed 10 of her 18 shots on frame for a .556 shots-on-goal percentage.
In goal, junior Molly Schriber (Sidney) is 4-6-0 in 12 appearances, including two shutouts, has made 59 saves and is saving 78.7 percent of the shots she faces. Schriber has allowed 16 goals in 812 minutes in the net for a 1.78 goals against average. She has 10 saves in her last 180 minutes.
Heidelberg has enjoyed the friendly confines of Mayer Field this season, posting a 4-2-1 record at home.
John Carroll, 10-5-0 overall and 4-1-0 in the OAC to stand in second place, is coming off a 4-0 shutout of Muskingum on Saturday and boasts a potent offense, leading the league with 93 points and 325 shots and ranking second with 31 goals (tie) and 75 corner kicks. Colleen Harmon has provided a bulk of the offense this season, ranking second in the OAC with 22 points and nine goals. She also has four assists to her credit. Kaylin Akerly has 13 points on five goals and three assists, good for a tie for seventh place and sixth place in the league, respectively. Three Blue Streaks have made six or more appearances in goal this season, led by Lexi Korczynski, who is 7-2-0 in 13 games (eight starts), including one shutout. Korczynski has made 23 saves while allowing seven goals in 656 minutes for a 0.96 goals against average.
The Heidelberg men, 2-8-4 overall and 0-4-1 in the OAC, are coming off a 1-0 loss at Mount Union on Saturday. The Student Princes are looking for their first win since Sept. 16, a 2-1 edging of Kenyon College. Freshman midfielder Hamid Sheriff (Centennial) leads the team with five points on two goals and one assist, while freshman midfielder Nicholas Samaniego (Huron) is second with three points on one goal and one assist. Most of Heidelberg’s looks at the net this season have come from senior midfielder Michael Juart (Hilliard/Darby) and senior first-team All-OAC forward Mike Harling (Manchester, England/Holy Cross), who have combined for 55 of the team’s 160 shots this season. Harling has posted a team-high 10 shots on goal.
In goal, junior two-time All-OAC keeper Ryan Smith (Roanoke, Texas/Keller) has played all 1,355 of the team’s minutes, making 67 saves and recording two shutouts. Smith has allowed 20 goals for a 1.33 goals against average and is saving 77.0 percent of the shots he faces.
The Blue Streaks, 9-5-0 overall and in first place in the OAC with a 4-0-0 mark, are coming off a 1-0 shutout of Muskingum on Saturday, which extended their winning streak to six matches. Wycliffe Odhiambo leads the team and ranks seventh (tie) in the OAC with 15 points on a team-high seven goals (fifth) and one assist, and has landed 27 of his 50 shots on goal for a .540 shots-on-goal percentage. Brian Potocnik has 10 points on three goals and a team-high four assists. In goal, Carl Contrascier is 8-5-0 in 14 appearances with five shutouts, good for second place in the OAC. He has made 50 saves and allowed 14 goals in 1,222 minutes in the net for a 1.03 goals against average.
Following the midweek matches, both the Heidelberg men’s and women’s soccer teams will host Marietta College on Saturday, Oct. 22 in the final home games of the 2011 season.