Men's soccer falls in opener

Men's soccer falls in opener

OBERLIN, Ohio -- The season-opener for the Heidelberg University men's soccer team did not go according to the plans of first-year head coach Pat Svihlik. The Student Princes fell behind early and were not able to regain control of the match, falling 3-1 at Oberlin College on Thursday.

The loss, which snapped a string of three straight wins in season openers, knocks HU to 0-1 on the season. Oberlin moved to 1-0.

Heidelberg fell behind in the third minute on a goal by Oberlin's Jonah Blume-Kemkes. The Heidelberg defense scrambled in the penalty area, trying to clear a loose ball. Blume-Kemkes crashed the far post and hammered home the season-opening goal.

Moments later, Oberlin scored again as Sam Weiss -- who assisted the first goal -- snuck a shot past Jake Kress at close range from the left side.

The Student Princes had an opportunity moments later. After dribbling through a pair of defenders, Alexis Mendoza sent a shot sailing over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area.

Later, the Yeomen padded their lead with a goal by Adam Chazin-Gray in the 22nd minute.

Down 3-0 at halftime, the Student Princes got on the board early in the second half. On a beautiful feed from Rodrigo Meza, Kyle Diaz put the ball in net.

It took a Herculean effort by Kress to keep the score at 3-1. In the 60th minute, Kress made a great diving save on breakaway by Blume-Kemkes.

The Student Princes had a chance to get within one in the 71st. Awarded a penalty kick after a rough challenge in the penalty area, Andres Isea sailed the attempt over the frame.

"I don't think we played to our full potential today," said Svihlik. "Credit Oberlin for attacking and capitalizing on our mistakes."

The Yeomen had a slight edge in shots, 12-11. Jake Kress (0-1) made five saves in the loss.

"We have a lot of talent on this roster, so we will learn from this one," said Svihlik. "We will work hard in preparation for another quality opponent."

The Student Princes host #8 Kenyon College (1-0) on Sunday at the Hidden Valley Soccer Complex. Game time is slated for 2 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Youngblood, Oberlin Sports Information