COLUMBUS, Ohio — After six-straight victories to mark the program's longest win streak since the 2007 season, Ohio Dominican's men's soccer team will face Davis & Elkins in a Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal match on Saturday, October 28 at 6 p.m in Elkins, W.Va.
The match at D&E marks the first postseason contest for the Panthers since the 2013 season, a year in which they took home GLIAC regular season champion honors and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
About Ohio Dominican
The Panthers (8-8, 7-7 G-MAC) have won six-straight contests for the first time in a decade and are unbeaten in the month of October heading into Saturday's clash with D&E. The Senators handed ODU its most recent defeat on September 30, but since falling to Davis & Elkins, the Panthers boast a 15-3 goal differential over their opponents with four shutout wins.
Ohio Dominican boasts the sixth-most prolific offense in the Great Midwest, averaging 1.88 goals per match with an average of 2.50 scores per contest in October, with 11 assists coming on the squad's 15 scores.
The Panther defense enters the postseason with a goals against average of .50 this month and has limited the opposition to seven shots on goal or less in five of the team's last six matches.
Leading the charge offensively for Ohio Dominican is junior Jonathan Barnes (Winter Haven, Florida), who ranks in a tie for seventh in the Great Midwest in goals scored with eight on the season. Barnes has tallied three goals and two assists in his last four matches and boasts two multi-goal matches this season. The junior holds a shot percentage of .242 and shot on goal percentage of .576, leading the team in shots on goal (19).
Ranking second on the team in goals scored is junior Ryan Kasprzak (Hilliard, Ohio), who boasts seven scores on the season and 23 for his career. Kasprzak has also dished out four assists and co-leads the Panthers in points (18). In each of the last six matches for ODUMS, Kasprzak has scored or assisted on Panther goals and has recorded four goals and three assists in October.
Defensively, freshman Ian Crook (Cincinnati, Ohio) has anchored the goalkeeper position for Ohio Dominican and finished with 10 saves in the Panthers' 2-1 win over Findlay on Tuesday, marking the first time since 2015 that an ODU keeper reached double-digit saves in a match. Crook was named Great Midwest defensive player of the week on October 10 after two shutout wins over Malone and Walsh. The freshman boasts a save percentage of .912 in his last six contests with just three goals allowed.
Picking up defensive player of the week honors in the Great Midwest for last week's efforts was sophomore Matthew Pardi (Worthington, Ohio), who helped anchor the Panther defense in shutout wins over Kentucky Wesleyan and Trevecca Nazarene. Pardi has started at defender in all 16 matches for the Panthers and has started in 28 matches in just two years at ODU thus far.
About Davis & Elkins
The Senators (12-2-2, 11-1-2 G-MAC) are riding a four-match win streak entering Great Midwest Tournament play, all shutouts. D&E earned a narrow 1-0 win over Ohio Dominican on September 19 at Panther Stadium before topping the Panthers 6-0 on September 30 in Elkins.
D&E leads the Great Midwest in scoring with a 2.88 goals per game average and holds its opponents to 0.63 goals per match, the second-lowest mark in the conference. The Senators also rank second in the Great Midwest in shots on goal per match with an average of 9.13.
Leading the way for D&E is Rafa Moreno, whose 12 goals co-lead the conference. Tim Staerz ranks in a tie for fifth in the Great Midwest in scores with 10 on the year, also coming in at fourth in the conference in points with 24. Staerz scored the game winning goal over the Panthers in the matchup on September 19 and also found the back of the net against ODU on September 30.
Scouting the Tournament Field
No. 6 Ohio Valley took home the Great Midwest regular season championship and earned the number one seed in the conference tournament in the process. The Fighting Scots host eighth-seeded Walsh in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Alderson Broaddus hosts Cedarville in the 4/5 matchup on Saturday at 6 p.m., one of three first round matchups being played in the Mountain State.
The winner of the Ohio Dominican/Davis & Elkins match faces the winner of the Findlay/Trevecca Nazarene matchup. ODU defeated Trevecca by a final mark of 3-0 on October 21 and earned a 2-1 road victory over Findlay in its last contest on October 24.
Full coverage of the Great Midwest Men's Soccer Tournament can be found on the conference website.
Contact: Aaron McPherson