MSOC: Berg wins third straight

Photos courtesy of Rebecca Radabaugh
Photos courtesy of Rebecca Radabaugh

TIFFIN -- In a fairly even OAC opening match, the Heidelberg University men's soccer team emerged victorious for their third straight win, defeating Wilmington College 2-0.

The win leveled Heidelberg's record on the season at 4-4 (1-0), while Wilmington drops to 5-4 (0-1).

The Student Princes got things going in the second minute of the match, as Simon Joseph was on hand to head home a long service by Porus Shroff. The goal marked Heidelberg's quickest of the season and Joseph's third of the campaign.

Wilmington's best scoring chance came in the 26th minute as Benny Spirk got behind the Berg defense and stroked a shot bound for the top corner. Jake Kress made an outstanding save, diving to his left to claw away the shot. The save was one of three on the afternoon for Kress. He also picked up his 14th career shutout in the win.

Heidelberg's second goal came courtesy of the Wilmington backline. Jarod Chavez served a nice inswinging ball into the box that was nodded into the goal by Quaker defender Ludwig Lantz.

Assistant coach, Steven Smith on the win: "It was great to get a win in the conference opener … it was nice to get a quick goal, because it forced Wilmington to come out and play … it's been nice to win three in a row ever since that devastating loss to Case Western."

Smith on the quality play by the Student Princes: "Some excellent performances, particularly from Simon, Cory Gilbert, Chase Paulson at the back, and Kress in goal with the shutout."

Heidelberg returns to action on Wednesday at Hidden Valley Soccer Complex to face Capital University for their second OAC match of the season. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.