Men's soccer prepares for regular season finale

Men's soccer prepares for regular season finale

OAC Men's Soccer
Wilmington at Heidelberg

Saturday, November 1, 2014  |  2 p.m.
Hidden Valley Soccer Complex  Moved to Hoernemann Stadium  |  Tiffin, Ohio

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Coming off of a big 3-1 victory over Capital, the Heidelberg University men's soccer team will look to wrap up the regular season in sole possession of 2nd place in the OAC with a victory over Wilmington. The Quakers are currently on a three-match winning streak, needing a win today for a shot at the OAC tournament. The Student Princes have already clinched a berth in the tournament, but will need a positive result in Coach Brian Haley's final regular season game at Hidden Valley to wrap up the first round bye.

Scouting Wilmington
The Quaker attack is led by senior Martin Holmquist, who has six goals and four assists on the year to lead the team in both categories. Daniel Wicks and Evan Schlagetter each have five goals on the season while Nick Toney is tied with Holmquist for the team lead with four assists.

Wicks and freshman R.J. Mancini have split time in goal for Wilmington, with Mancini getting the nod recently. He has gone undefeated at 5-0-0 on the year, picking up 19 saves while allowing just 0.86 goals per match.

Scouting the Berg
Freshman Alexis Mendoza has been a force on the attack for the Student Princes this season, leading the team with seven goals. He scored twice in Tuesday's win over Capital, including an impressive strike into the upper 90 in the second half to give the Berg a two-goal advantage that they would not relinquish. Hamid Shariff has been involved with much of the offense as well, scoring three goals while dishing out eight assists, which ranks third in the OAC.

Matthew Stevens anchors down the Heidelberg defense, leading the conference with a 1.11 goals-against-average. He has picked up 64 saves on the season and has recorded seven clean sheets, a school record.

Playoff Push
A win or a tie Saturday afternoon locks up the #2 seed and a first round bye for The Berg. To advance to the tournament, Wilmington needs a win AND a Marietta tie/loss.

The men's tournament will run Monday/Wednesday/Saturday of next week. Details about Heidelberg's opponent and game time will be featured on http://athletics.heidelberg.edu

Let's Celebrate!
Following Saturday's game, the entire Heidelberg soccer family is invited to a reception in Coach Haley's honor. The event will take place in The University Commons.