Alvarado's three assists lead MSOC in Tourney

(Will Horvat / Berg Athletics)
(Will Horvat / Berg Athletics)

UPDATE: Heidelberg has advanced to the OAC Tournament as the No. 6 seed. HU will travel to No. 3 Capital on Tuesday.

TIFFIN -- The Heidelberg University men's soccer team got the win it needed on Senior Day. Desperate for a win to stay in the OAC Tournament playoff hunt, the Berg upended Wilmington College, 3-1.

HU sits at 11-4-1, 4-4-1 in conference play. Wilmington concludes its season at 8-9-2, 2-6-1.

Junior Joseph Tallarico ignited the HU offense with a goal in the 24th minute. Kiki Alvarado served a beautiful ball into the box that Tallarico muscled his way through the Wilmington defense and headed the ball into the next. It was the junior's fifth goal of the season.

Alexis Mendoza gave the Student Princes a two-goal cushion with a header in the 53rd minute. Alvarado launched a ball into the box that Alexis Mendoza headed in for his third goal of the year.

With his first goal of the season, Porus Shroff extended the Heidelberg lead in the 74th minute. Once more, Alvarado's ball into the box was deflected in by Shroff. The goal capped off a three-assist afternoon for captain Alvarado.

A late goal by the Quakers did not affect the Berg, who kept its composure to hold on for the win.

Junior goalkeeper Jake Kress tallied four saves in the match. Chris Bourque notched 11 saves for the Quakers. Heidelberg outshot Wilmington, 24-9.

"Today was a great day for our program," said head coach Pat Svihlik. "To send these guys out with a win on our home field means so much."

Before the game, the team recognized seniors Christian Keisel, Garrett McAfee, and Mendoza.

"I'm happy for my seniors, the entire team, and the alumni who came back to watch the match today," said Svihlik.

Prior to the match, both teams honored Wilmington head coach Bud Lewis, who coached his final match after 43 seasons this afternoon. Lewis finished with over 500 career victories.

The win, coupled with other results, puts Heidelberg into the OAC Tournament. HU visits Capital in the opening round on Tuesday.