11.3.13 MEN'S SOCCER: Cavs and No. 19 Ohio Dominican Battle to 2-2 Draw

Men's Soccer, 2013-11-03

(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Seniors came up big on a day where they played their final game at Milazzo Field as Walsh and No. 19 Ohio Dominican battled to a 2-2 draw. Both teams were competing for playoff positioning as the Cavaliers (5-10-1, 5-8-1) finished tied for fifth in the conference standings. The Panthers (10-2-4, 9-2-3) were playing for the conference championship, which they earned a share of with the tie.

Chris Lynch (Sr., Bellbrook, OH/HS) struck first for Walsh as he headed in a well-placed free kick from fellow senior Chad Dickerhoof (Alliance, OH/Marlington) at 25:04 for a 1-0 lead. The free kick was from around 40 yards out on the right side and Lynch was able to place himself right in front of the goal for the touch.

The score remained 1-0 through halftime, but Ohio Dominican had a strong second half charge. The Panthers eventually tied the game on a goal by Jacob Atkinson on a failed clear. As Justin Nolan (Sr., Medina, OH/Highland/Ashland) attempted to boo t the ball away, Atkinson was able to jump up and deflect the ball into the net at 62:42.

Walsh regained the lead when Jeremy Dietrich  (Sr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) received a strong pass from Evan Heiss (Fr., Dearborn Heights, MI/Divine Child) at the top of the box and had a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper. Dietrich went right for the score at 68:33. The Panthers tied the game once again when Jakob Szabo and Caleb Winston scored with fewer than eight minutes remaining.

Both teams had strong chances in the first overtime period as each side registered three shots. In the second overtime period, Ohio Dominican recorded five shots, but Nolan came up huge with three saves to keep the game alive. Ohio Dominican outshot Walsh 27-20in the game.

Nolan made eight saves total to eclipse the century mark on the season. He now has 104 for the year, tops in the GLIAC. He entered the game sixth in the nation in saves-per-game and seventh in the nation in total saves.

With the tiebreakers in place, the Cavaliers will be the No. 6 seed in the GLIAC Tournament. Their playoff game will be at Saginaw Valley State against the Cardinals on Tuesday evening with the start time to be announced.