Men's Soccer Lose Final Game in OT
It was a disappointing end to what started as a promising season as the men’s soccer team lost 1-2 in overtime to Wabash last Saturday. Oberlin’s four seniors ended their college careers on a frustrating note, losing to the last-place team in the league.
On a fittingly gloomy Saturday at Fred Shults field, the Yeomen looked to secure a victory and end the season with a winning record, but it wasn’t to be, as Wabash finished off a rebound just six minutes into the extra period. Junior goalkeeper Derrick Bean appeared to be hit as he collected the cross, but the referee allowed play to continue. The ball fell out of Bean’s hands, and Wabash scored shortly afterward.
The Yeomen had 12 shots against the Little Giants, yet found the back of the net just once, on a strike by junior John Lindner. The shot in the 54th minute evened the score at 1-1. A long-range effort by first-year defender Wyatt Hayman was deflected by the keeper and followed up by a charging Lindner.
The overtime loss was Oberlin’s third consecutive conference defeat and second in overtime; Oberlin fell just three days prior to Kenyon College 1-0. Oberlin only managed nine shots in 108 minutes of action, while Bean saved all five shots on goal in regulation, the only mark against him sealing the Yeomen’s seventh loss of the season.
Injuries troubled the Yeomen throughout the season and caused several key players to check out early. Losing juniors Mike Mullaley and Zach Lewis and first-year Zach Lipshultz — all starters — proved to be too much to overcome. After recording their sixth win of the season against conference foe Allegheny on Tuesday, Sept. 25, the Yeomen hit a bad stretch, not winning again until Saturday, Oct. 13. That win proved to be their last of the season.
The 2007 campaign was far from a total loss with the emergence of junior Luke Hoffman as one of the top scoring threats in the NCAC, as well as the continued development of sophomore Skyler Dum and junior John Lindner, who scored three and two goals, respectively. Prior to his injury, Lipshultz was emerging as one of the top keepers in the conference and looks to come back strong next fall.
The Yeomen graduate four seniors: defender Tim Kovanda and midfielders Sam Zackheim, Johannes Jungschaffer and Henry Schneider. Zackheim had a quiet season on his own high standards, scoring only three times. He finishes his career with 20 goals and eight assists. The team will return a talented core group of juniors, sophomores and first-years and will look to turn around this disappointing season and fulfill its potential.