Lords suffer first loss
Kenyon College men’s soccer stands at 8-1 (NCAC 1-0) after a win against Wittenberg University and a tough loss against Case Western Reserve University.
Kenyon’s Josh Lee ’17 opened up the scoring against the Wittenberg Tigers (3-6; NCAC 0-1) six minutes into the game, and the Lords never looked back. Thirty seconds later, senior Jordan Glassman doubled the Lords’ score off a Henry Myers ’18 assist. To add to the lead, Oliver Wynn ’18 found the back of the net, giving Kenyon a 3-0 margin at halftime.
The second half featured more goals for the Lords: Tony Amolo ’17 and Alberto Carmona ’19 added two to Kenyon’s tally.
Although they won, the Lords did not escape the game blemish-free, scoring on their own goal in the 38th minute.
Against Case Western (4-4-1; Cleveland), the Lords controlled the offense in regular time, unleashing 18 shots, 10 of which were on target. On the other side, the Spartans only took four. Despite the barrage of shots by the Lords, the game was scoreless after 90 minutes, forcing overtime.
During overtime, Case Western scored the only goal of the match in the 94th minute. This goal was the Spartans’ only shot on-target.
Despite the loss, the Lords still stand tall in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC). Kenyon holds first place in the conference standings, and the Lords have both the highest goal total and lowest average goals-against per game in the NCAC so far, with 25 and 0.44 respectively.
The Lords will try to bounce back in a string of NCAC battles, starting with DePauw University (4-2-2; NCAC 0-1) on Oct. 1.
Ladies snap skid
The Kenyon women’s soccer team snapped a three-game skid, beating NCAC rival Wittenberg University after losses to Thomas More College, John Carroll University and Capital University.
Over the three-game losing streak, the Ladies (3-5-1; NCAC 1-0-0) only mustered one goal, scored by Maggie Smith ’17 in the waning minutes against John Carroll (3-3-4; University Heights, Ohio). In the games against Thomas More (9-0-1; Crestview Hills, Ky.) and Capital (3-5; Columbus, Ohio), the Ladies took only seven shots combined. Outside of Smith, who is tied for first in the NCAC with seven goals this season, Kenyon has struggled to generate offense: The Ladies average 6.8 shots per game, last in the conference by nearly three shots.
The Ladies turned it around against familiar foe Wittenberg (4-3-2; NCAC 0-1), winning 1-0 in a tightly contested battle.
The Ladies scored in the 18th minute when Gwyneth Phillips ’20 struck the back of the net, putting away her second career goal for the Ladies.
Despite the Tigers outshooting the Ladies 10-6 and taking more corner kicks, the defense remained stout with the help of keeper Jillian Countey ’20, who tallied six saves in the matchup en route to her first collegiate shut-out.
The Ladies hope to keep the winning going against more NCAC rivals, including Depauw University (5-3-1; NCAC 1-0) on Oct. 1 and The College of Wooster (4-6-1; NCAC 1-0) on Oct. 8.