By Josh Latzko, Sports Information Intern
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's men's soccer team was taken down by Cedarville by a score of 1-0 on Saturday evening at Panther Stadium. The loss breaks the Panthers' three-game winning streak in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play.
ODU now sits at to 6-5 overall and 5-3 in conference play, while Cedarville improves their record to 6-4-1 overall, with a 5-1-1 record in the G-MAC.
The first half saw solid defense as neither team could get much going on the offensive side of the ball. Through 45 minutes, the teams totaled just five shots on goal, as ODU was outshot by the Yellow Jackets in the first half by a tally of 4-1. Neither team attempted a corner kick.
Cedarville did not wait long to get the second half scoring underway. Capitalizing on the first corner attempt of the game, sophomore Nick Marculo found senior midfielder Derek Braak streaking into the box, who headed the ball past the Panther defense for the lone goal of the match in the 50th minute.
Ohio Dominican got one of its top chances of the night in the 68th minute, when junior defenseman Demarco Andrews (Kingston, Jamaica) booted a long ball 45 yards for sophomore forward Foster Martin (Kings Mills, Ohio), who attempted to flick it past Yellow Jackets keeper Carter Selvius. The goalie was able to deflect the ball away at the last second.
With just over twelve minutes to play in regulation, the Panthers were rewarded a corner kick, but sophomore defenseman Jaxson Szabo's (Worthington, Ohio) attempted header was swallowed up by Selvius. ODU outshot Cedarville 7-5 in the second half, with the Jackets taking a 9-8 advantage for the game.
Senior goalkeeper Alec Mathew (Pataskala, Ohio) recorded two saves on three attempts, playing all 90 minutes in goal for the Panthers.
Ohio Dominican will travel to Vienna, West Virginia to take on the No. 7 Ohio Valley with the match set for Thursday, October 4 at 3:30 p.m.