BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Men's Soccer) – The Shawnee State men's soccer team battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the first half of play against Cumberland (Tenn.) by using a Martyn Sayer (JR/Liverpool, England) goal less than two minutes into the second half and obtaining a gritty effort from its backline.
However, an opportunity for Sayer to convert his sixth penalty kick of the year off of a Bulldog handball just missed its mark, and Cumberland held from there as the Bulldogs denied the Bears from extending their season another day as Shawnee State fell to Cumberland by a 2-1 tally in the Mid-South Conference Quarterfinals at Lovers Lane Park in Bowling Green, Ky. on Thursday evening.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Men's Soccer) – For the second time since joining the Mid-South Conference, the Shawnee State University men's soccer program had a student-athlete win the Mid-South's Champions of Character Award as Tristan Smith (JR/Rocky River, Ohio) took home the conference's award while Matyas Krivan (FR/Prague, Czech Republic), Casper Nolte and Martyn Sayer (JR/Liverpool, England) obtained Second-Team All-MSC honors at the 2015 Mid-South Conference Banquet in Bowling Green, Ky. on Wednesday evening.
Smith, who joins Jacob Hackworth as the lone men's soccer players in Shawnee State history to receive the honor, won the award based on her commitment to the five core values of the NAIA, which are integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Soccer) – The Shawnee State men's soccer squad will make the trek to Bowling Green, Ky. to take on No. 2-seeded Cumberland (Tenn.) as the Bears and the Bulldogs will square off in an Mid-South Conference Quarterfinal at Lovers Lane Park on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. CST.
The Bears, who represent the seventh seed in the MSC Tournament, come into Thursday's quarterfinal bout with a record of 6-12, including a 2-5 mark in Mid-South play. During the regular season, Shawnee State defeated St. Catharine and Pikeville in consecutive contests to grab two early conference victories before falling in their final five conference bouts to place in a tie for sixth in the overall standings.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Soccer) – The Shawnee State men's soccer program put six individuals on the Mid-South Conference's All-Academic Team, as announced on Tuesday by conference officials. Honors were awarded to each student-athlete of sophomore status who obtained a grade-point-average of at least 3.25 or better.
Mauricio Solis (JR/San Jose, Costa Rica) and Chris Wiget (SR/Piketon, Ohio) would lead the way for Shawnee State in the department, as Solis recorded a 3.74 GPA while majoring as a junior in Computer Engineering Technology. Wiget, who makes the Academic All-MSC list in every season eligible with this latest honor, improved on his 3.52 mark last year with a 3.58 over the past season as a senior Athletic Training major.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Men's Soccer) – The Shawnee State men's soccer program sent out its seven seniors in the right way as Nick Dowdell (SR/New London, Ohio), Martyn Sayer (JR/Liverpool, England), Mauricio Solis (JR/San Jose, Costa Rica) and Matt Williams (FR/West Salem, Ohio) each added a goal and the Bears kept a strong Kentucky Christian attack from painting the scoreboard as Shawnee State defeated the Knights 4-0 on Senior Day at the Shawnee Turf on Tuesday evening.
On the afternoon, the Bears dominated the overall pace of the game, as Shawnee State (6-12) recorded 26 shots, including 16 on goal, compared to Kentucky Christian's (12-7-1) eight and four on goal.