SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — After entering the halftime break down 1-0, the Wittenberg men's soccer team rallied to tie the game but could not make it stick, as the visiting Mount St. Joseph Lions tacked on the game winner midway through the second period to make it 2-1 and push the Tigers to 3-4-2 overall on the season.
Wittenberg put 10 shots on goal out of 22 overall, including 14 in the second half alone, while the Lions were on target with seven of nine throughout the match.
Senior midfielder/forward Nate Ayres (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) led the Tiger charge with six shots, three on goal, scoring the Wittenberg goal in the 69th minute directly in front of the net on a cross into the box by senior forward Robbie Farquhar (Bexley, Ohio/Bexley).
With the goal, Ayres took over the team lead in scoring, while Farquhar also became the team leader in assists.
Senior forward Tom Fisher (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) attempted four shots in the match, as did freshman defender Kevin Bond (Columbus, Ohio/Bexley). Farquhar notched three shots, sophomore forward Marshall Rowland (Pewee Valley, Ky./South Oldham) had two, and a trio of teammates attempted one each, including freshman defender Tim Weissman (Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont), sophomore defender Brock Hicks (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) and freshman forward Brian Boutin (Mount Vernon, Ohio/Mount Vernon).
In goal, junior Michael Lambeck (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman) stopped five Lion shots over the course of 90 minutes.
The Tigers hit the road for their first North Coast Athletic Conference match of the season in a 7 p.m. showdown with the Denison Big Red in Granville, Ohio, on Saturday, Sept. 25.
John Strawn '07