November 15, 2009

Transylvania Edges No. 3 Ohio Wesleyan: Advances to Sweet Sixteen

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DELAWARE, OH - Transylvania advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championships Sunday with a 1-0 victory over third-ranked Ohio Wesleyan in the regional finals.


The Pioneers (16-3-1) is on a 13-match winning streak while the Bishops, ranked No. 3 in the country by the NSCAA and d3soccer.com, falls to 18-2-2. Ohio Wesleyan was unbeaten before losing in overtime to Denison in the NCAC tourney finals last week.

Transy now moves into sectional play on Nov. 20 held at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. Swarthmore (16-2-2) defeated Hobart (15-4-2) 2-1 in double overtime and will face the Pioneers in the sectional round. The other sectional semifinal will feature Carnegie Mellon (16-2-1) and Calvin (16-4-2).

The Pioneers last played the Bishops during the 2007 NCAA National Championships. Transy defeated Ohio Wesleyan on penalty kicks after the teams battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie. Transy advanced to the round of 16 that season, the best showing in school history prior to this season.

Peter Mikhail put Transy on top in the 71st minute, heading in a pass from Brian Williams following a corner kick by Jason Fairless.

Despite a 12-3 in shots in the first half, Ohio Wesleyan was not able to find the net and the teams were scoreless at intermission. The Bishops had a 5-1 edge in shots on goal, but Transy keeper Trey Kramer had five saves to preserve the shutout.

For the game, OWU had a 21-8 edge overall in shots, the margin was just 5-4 in shots on goal as the home team did not have a shot on goal during the second half. Each team had seven corner attempts.

The Pioneers were in the NCAA Championship field for the fifth time in six years while Ohio Wesleyan was in the field for a record 32nd time.