PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Soccer) – If there ever were a time to have a barrage of goals, the Shawnee State men's soccer program picked the right time to make it happen.
Martyn Sayer (JR/Liverpool, England) and Caspar Nolte (FR/Germantown, Ohio) continued their hot starts to the 2015 campaign by scoring a pair of goals in the first half – the former on a penalty kick – and Avery Patton (SR/Pickerington, Ohio), along with Mark Hergenrather (JR/Uniontown, Ohio), added a pair of impressive launches in the second half from 20 yards or more away to give the Bears a 4-3 victory over St. Catharine in the Mid-South Conference opener for both teams at the Shawnee Turf on Saturday afternoon.
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (Men's Soccer) – The Shawnee State men's soccer team obtained seven saves from Brandon Pfeiffer (SO/Canal Winchester, Ohio) and kept a strong Mount Vernon Nazarene offense scoreless for the entire first half of play, but the Cougars would use three goals over a 20 minute span – including two within 30 seconds of each other – to break the game open as the Bears fell to Mount Vernon Nazarene 3-0 in a nonconference affair at Cougar Field on Wednesday evening.
The Cougars (3-1-1), who held a shot advantage in each half en route to a 20-10 edge on strikes, also held an 11-2 advantage in shots on goal over the Bears (3-5), who struggled to find many openings during the first half. However, Shawnee State's extensive ball pressure on the backline – which included Aaron Mazurkiewicz (FR/Vincent, Ohio), Cody Hartong (SO/Creston, Ohio), and Ben Pulsford (SR/Slough, England) – kept Mount Vernon from finishing possessions in a manner that the Cougars would have liked.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Soccer) – The Shawnee State men's soccer team held tough throughout the duration of its home game against Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) opponent Union College, but fell just shy of a victory as a 35th minute goal by Guillerme Cruz, a 64th minute goal by Nashaun Senior, and a 9-4 shot advantage allowed the Bulldogs to take a 2-0 victory over the Bears on Saturday evening at the Shawnee Turf.
Even though Shawnee State (3-4) was outshot nine to four by Union, the Bears nearly equaled the Bulldogs (3-0) in shots on goal, as Union held a small 4-3 advantage in the aforementioned category.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Soccer) – Following a goal from Dylan Stevens (SR/Canal Winchester, Ohio) with just 34 seconds remaining in the second half to even the score at 4-4, the Shawnee State men's soccer team surrendered a goal just under nine minutes into extra time – a free kick rifle from Grafton Hamilton – en route to a 5-4 defeat at the hands of Asbury University on Tuesday afternoon at Shawnee Turf.
"I thought we made just too many mental mistakes today," SSU head coach Ron Goodson said. "We were not as sharp as we have been the past three games. Hopefully a few days rest before the weekend will help us come out with a better effort on Saturday."
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Soccer) – The Shawnee State men's soccer team continued its offensive barrage on Sunday afternoon by adding two more goals in the opening half – a 15th minute strike by Caspar Nolte (FR/Germantown, Ohio) and a 33rd minute blast by Joe Lamont (JR/Edinburgh, Scotland) – and thwarted a Saint Xavier rally in the second half to take a 2-1 victory in a nonconference bout against Saint Xavier for its third straight victory – all on the Shawnee Turf – on Sunday afternoon.
"I thought that we put together another great first half," Goodson said. "Possession was good and both goals were created by quality possessions. In the second half, we battled and showed a lot of character to finish the match with the win. This game is similar to games in which we have let our opponents come back and grab a victory over the last few seasons, but our club did a great job today of continuing to fight throughout the match."
|Shawnee State at||4:00pm|
|(11) Lindsey Wilson at||3:00pm|
|(13) Cumberland Univ. at||2:00pm|
|Shawnee State at||7:00pm|
|Shawnee State at||3:00pm|
|University of the Cumberlands||EST|
|Kentucky Christian University at||3:30pm|