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2006 Recaps

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Freedom Semi-Final
DeSales 4 Wilkes 0
DeSales University’s Randy Sturm showed why he is the leading scorer in the Freedom Conference by tallying three goals to lift the Bulldogs to a 4-0 semi-final victory over Wilkes University on Tuesday afternoon at Ralston Field. The Bulldogs ran their record to 12-4-3, while the Colonels fell to 12-6-1.
           
The victory moves DeSales, the number-three seed, into the conference championship match on Saturday against either top-seeded Scranton or fourth-seeded Drew. The winner of the Freedom Conference earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III playoffs.
           
After a see-saw battle throughout the opening 25 minutes, DeSales would get on the board when Sturm took a feed from Phil Yetter and knocked home his first goal at the 29:01 mark. He would wait just 2:31 to score his second tally, this time unassisted, to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead at intermission.
           
Sturm would cap his hat-trick with his 27th goal of the season at 52:50 of the second stanza. Tony Aufiero was credited with an assist on the play that made it 3-0. DeSales would tack on their final goal at 69:46 of the final period when German Reyes scored off a Chris Ravita assist.
           
Wilkes held a 16-12 shots advantage and also claimed a 10-1 edge in corner kicks. Rusty Riedmiller finished with six saves in goal for DeSales. Dominik Proctor had two saves and TJ Baloga finished with one save for Wilkes.



(10/27) Drew 1 Wilkes 0
Drew University got a second half goal from Brian Dempsey to notch a 1-0 Freedom Conference men’s soccer win over Wilkes University on Friday afternoon at Ralston Field.
           
The Rangers improved to 9-6-1 overall and 5-2 with the win. Wilkes, which could have clinched the number-one seed for the conference playoffs with a victory, fell to 12-5-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the conference. Despite the loss the Colonels are assured of at least the number-two seed for the playoffs that begin on Tuesday.  They will host an opponent to be determined at 1:00 p.m. at Ralston Field. 
           
Dempsey’s goal came at the 67:39 mark of the second stanza when he took a feed from Dan Wehrle and drilled a shot from 25-yards out into the upper-left corner of the goal to make it 1-0.
           
The Rangers held a 16-7 shots advantage and a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. David Brigandi stopped three shots to garner the shutout win in goal for Drew. Wilkes goalkeeper Dominik Proctor ended the match with seven saves.    



(10/24) Wilkes 2 Baptist Bible 0
Wilkes University scored a goal in each half on their way to a 2-0 non-conference men’s soccer win over Baptist Bible College on Tuesday afternoon. The Colonels improved to 12-4-1 overall with the win, while the Defenders saw their record slip to 8-10-1 overall.
           
Wilkes would get the only goal they would need just 4:26 into the opening half. Arthur Jankowski took a feed from Tim Butzek and cracked a shot into the back of the net to give the Colonels a 1-0 advantage.
           
The match would stay that way until late in the second period. Greg Miller took a throw in and Mike Bridy knocked a header to the far post. The Colonels’ Justin Leach was waiting and deposited a shot into the goal for a 2-0 Wilkes lead at 78:31. 
           
Wilkes held a 12-7 advantage in shots and a 3-1 edge in corner kicks. TJ Baloga made his first collegiate start in goal for the Colonels and stopped all four shots he faced to earn the shutout. Dan Durrwachter had four saves in net for the Defenders. 



(10/21) Elizabethtown 1 Wilkes 0
Elizabethtown College scored an own goal in the second half and made it stand up as they notched a 1-0 non-conference men’s soccer win over visiting Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon.
           
The Blue Jays improved to 9-4-2 with the victory. Wilkes saw their overall record fall to 11-4-1.
           
The only goal of the match came at the 68:49 mark of the second half. Elizabethtown’s Brennan Reichenbach crossed a ball in front of the Colonels goal cage. The ball deflected off a Wilkes defender and caromed into the back of the net to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.
           
Elizabethtown held a 15-7 advantage in shots and a 6-1 edge in corner kicks. A.J. Fleisher earned the win in goal for the Blue Jays by stopping three shots. Wilkes goalkeeper Dominik Proctor was credited with five saves.



(10/18) Wilkes 1 Scranton 1 (2ot)
Wilkes University and the University of Scranton entered Wednesday night’s Freedom Conference men’s soccer match tied for the top spot in the conference standings. After 110 minutes of action at Fitzpatrick Field nothing had changed as the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie in double overtime.
           
Wilkes sees their overall record move to 11-3-1 and their conference mark advance to 5-0-1. Scranton is now 9-3-2 overall and 5-0-1 in the conference. The Colonels will close out their conference slate on October 28 when they host Drew University. The Royals final conference match will also be on October 28 when they travel to Delaware Valley College.
           
After a scoreless first half, Scranton got on the board at the 57:24 mark of the second stanza. Goalkeeper David Keib took a goal kick and blasted deep into Wilkes territory. Ray Straccia corralled the ball and nailed a shot from 20-yards out to put the Royals on top 1-0.
           
Wilkes would get the equalizer at the 76:02 mark of the second. Matt Martin directed a ball to Steve Uhas 30-yards from goal. Uhas made one move and then ripped a shot from 25-yards out that found the back of the net and tied the contest at 1-1. 
           
Scranton held a 21-7 shots advantage, including a 3-2 edge in overtime. The Royals were also credited with three corner kicks to the Colonels one. Dominik Proctor stopped six shots in net for Wilkes, while Keib had three saves in goal for the Royals. 



(10/14) Wilkes 1 DeSales 0
Steve Uhas scored the only goal of the match early in the second half to lead Wilkes University to a key 1-0 Freedom Conference men’s soccer win over defending conference champion Desales University on Saturday afternoon at Ralston Field. 
           
The win improves the Colonels to 11-3 overall and 5-0 in the conference heading into Wednesday night’s showdown at Scranton at 7 p.m.  The Royals are also 5-0 in conference play and are 9-3-1 overall. DeSales slipped to 8-4-2 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
           
Uhas’ goal came at the 55:26 mark of the second stanza. Matt Foreman served a corner kick toward the near post. Uhas then headed the ball toward the goal line.   The ball deflected off the back of a DeSales defenders leg and into the goal to give Wilkes the 1-0 advantage.
           
DeSales held a 12-11 shots advantage in the closely contested match. The Bulldogs also gained an 8-7 edge in corner kicks. Wilkes goalkeeper Dominik Proctor came up with three saves to earn the shutout victory. Rusty Riedmiller finished with six saves in goal for DeSales.



(10/11) Wilkes 4 Neumann 1
Andy Curry and Mike Bridy scored 33 seconds apart in the second half to snap a 1-1 tie and lift Wilkes University to a 4-1 non-conference men’s soccer win over Neumann College on Wednesday afternoon at Ralston Field. 
           
The Colonels, ranked fourth in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings, improved to 10-3 overall. Neumann remains winless in 12 matches.
           
Wilkes took a 1-0 lead with only 5:03 left in the first half when Jonathan Kushner knocked home a header off an assist from Cory Golden. 
           
Neumann would tie the match at 1-1 at the 48:52 mark of the second stanza. Scott Weaver was credited with the goal for the Knights unassisted.
           
The Colonels would regain the lead only fifth-six seconds after the Neumann goal. Curry took a pass from Matt Foreman and ripped a shot into the back of the net to give Wilkes a 2-1 advantage. 
           
Bridy would up the lead to 3-1 just thirty-seconds later when he put back a rebound following a Sean Vona shot. Both Vona and Steve Uhas earned assists on the play. Foreman would tally the final Wilkes goal at the 69:33 mark off another assist from Uhas.
           
Wilkes held a 23-7 shots advantage and a 10-3 edge in corner kicks. Dominik Proctor had five saves in goal for the Colonels, while Neumann goalkeeper Josh Williams finished with nine stops.  



(10/7) Wilkes 2 FDU-Florham 1
The Wilkes University men’s soccer team remained unbeaten in Freedom Conference play with a 2-1 victory at FDU-Florham on Saturday afternoon. The Colonels improved to 9-3 overall and 4-0 in the conference, while the Devils fell to 3-8-1 overall and 0-3-1 in conference play.
           
Wilkes, ranked sixth in the Mid-Atlantic Region, took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute when Andy Curry scored an unassisted goal. The Colonels would make it 2-0 in the 31st minute when Arthur Jankowski fed Bret Osswald for a goal. 
           
FDU-Florham would tally the only goal of the second half to cut the Wilkes lead in half. Anthony Perchiacco hit the back of the net in the 64th minute for the Devils.
           
Wilkes had an 18-10 advantage in shots and secured a 9-2 edge in corner kicks. Dominik Proctor had eight saves in goal for the Colonels, while FDU-Florham goalkeeper Jared Drucker finished with 10 saves.   



(10/3) Messiah 2 Wilkes 1
Two-time defending NCAA Division III champion Messiah College got a goal from Patrick Lenehan with just 6:04 remaining to post a 2-1 win over Wilkes University on Tuesday afternoon at Ralston Field.
           
The Falcons, ranked number-two nationally and first in the Mid-Atlantic Region, improved to 9-0-1 overall. The Colonels, who are ranked sixth in the region, saw their seven match win streak come to halt in falling to 8-3 overall.
           
Wilkes took a 1-0 lead at the 16:41 mark of the opening half. Andy Curry did the work himself, beating a pair of Messiah defenders down the sideline before cutting back towards goal. Curry then slid a shot to the right of Falcons goalkeeper Dustin Shambach to put the Colonels on top 1-0.
           
Messiah would get the equalizer at 54:15 of the second half. Andy Rosamilia served a ball into the box and Lenehen played it out of the air to Dan Visser. Visser then knocked a shot past Wilkes goalie Dominik Proctor to even the contest at 1-1.
           
Lenehan would provide the Falcons with the winning margin when he beat two Wilkes defenders and ripped a shot from 14-yards away into the back of the net to make it 2-1.
           
Messiah out-shot Wilkes by a 20-8 margin and also gained an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks. Shambach made just one save in goal to earn the victory for the Falcons. Proctor was credited with six saves in net for the Colonels.   



(9/30) Wilkes 1 Delaware Valley 0
Wilkes University improved to 3-0 in Freedom Conference men’s soccer play with a tough 1-0 win over Delaware Valley College on Saturday afternoon. The win improves the Colonels to 8-2 overall, while the Aggies fall to 0-10 overall and 0-3 in the conference.
            
The two teams battled through a scoreless first half before Wilkes got the only goal of the contest early in the second stanza. Matt Foreman took a feed from Mike Bridy and deposited a shot into the back of the net at 54:18 to provide the Colonels with the winning margin. 
            
Wilkes held a 25-13 advantage in shots, while also securing a 9-3 edge in corner kicks. Colonels’ goalkeeper Dominik Proctor picked up his fourth shutout win of the year by stopping five shots. Steve Richtmyer had 13 saves in goal for Delaware Valley.



(9/27) Wilkes 1 Lycoming 0
Bret Osswald scored with 3:35 remaining in the second half to propel Wilkes University to a 1-0 Freedom Conference men’s soccer win over Lycoming College on Wednesday afternoon at Ralston Field.
           
The win was the sixth straight for the Colonels, who are ranked sixth in the latest Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings. Wilkes is now 7-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference. Lycoming saw their records move to 2-4-2 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
           
The only goal came when Andy Curry delivered a pass to Steve Uhas 30 yards from goal. Uhas pushed a pass to Osswald at the 18-yard line. The freshman made a nifty move to beat a Lycoming defender before slipping a shot past a diving Lycoming goalkeeper, Matt Klipp, at the 86:25 mark. 
           
Wilkes held a 15-11 shots advantage and also secured a 10-4 edge in corner kicks. Dominik Proctor picked up the shutout victory in goal for the Colonels by stopping all six shots he faced. Klipp also finished with six saves in net for the Warriors.



(9/23) Wilkes 2 Susquehanna 1 (2ot)
Mike Bridy scored with just 1:53 remaining in the second overtime period to propel Wilkes University to a 2-1 non-conference men’s soccer win over Susquehanna University on Saturday afternoon at Ralston Field. 
           
The win was the fifth straight for the Colonels, who improved to 6-2 overall. Susquehanna saw their overall record slip to 3-3-1.
           
Wilkes took a 1-0 lead with 19:12 remaining in the match when Steve Uhas converted a penalty kick. Just 3:36 later, Susquehanna was awarded a penalty kick and Justin Makar converted to knot the match at 1-1 and force overtime.
           
After a scoreless first overtime period, the Colonels got the game winner at 108:07 when Bret Osswald hit Bridy for the game-winning goal on a corner kick.
           
Wilkes had a 17-16 advantage in shots, while Susquehanna was able to secure an 8-3 edge in corner kicks. Dominik Proctor earned the win in goal for the Colonels by stopping nine shots. Susquehanna goalkeeper Austin Kelsey finished the afternoon with seven saves.



(9/19) Wilkes 4 King's 0
Steve Uhas scored three goals and Andy Curry added a goal and an assist to lead Wilkes University to a 4-0 men’s soccer win over King’s College in the Freedom Conference opener for both sides on Tuesday at Betzler Fields. The win improves the Colonels to 5-2 overall, while the Monarchs see their overall mark fall to 1-5.
           
Uhas gave Wilkes a 1-0 lead at 14:15 of the opening half when he took a feed from Curry and struck the back of the net. The senior would add an unassisted goal at 27:17 of the first stanza to provide the Colonels with a 2-0 lead at halftime.
           
At 54:44 of the second half Uhas notched his third goal of the contest, this time off an assist from Greg Miller, to extend the Wilkes lead to 3-0. Curry would tally the final goal of the match just 2:16 after Uhas’ third score off an assist from Matt Martin.
           
Wilkes held a 14-6 advantage in shots and 2-0 edge in corner kicks. Dominick Proctor got the start in goal and made two saves. TJ Baloga came on for the Colonels to play the final 22 minutes and stopped the only shot he faced. John McNichol had four saves in 68 minutes in goal for King’s. Mike Conroy was credited with two saves in 22 minutes of action.



(9/17) Wilkes 3 Moravian 1
Andy Curry scored a pair of goals and Mike Bridy added one tally to lift Wilkes University to a 3-1 non-conference men’s soccer win over Moravian College on Sunday afternoon. The Colonels improved to 4-2 with the victory, while the Greyhounds saw their record slip to 1-5-1.
           
Curry got Wilkes on the board at 3:29 of the opening half when he drilled a shot from 18 yards out off an assist from Bret Osswald. Moravian would tie the match at 1-1 at 33:30 of the initial stanza on a goal by Chris Dello Buono. Ryan Hess and Blake Ritchey were credited with assists on the play.
           
Curry notched his second goal of the match at 59:40 of the second half when he took a crossing pass from Steve Uhas and hit the back of the net from eight yards away. Bridy would give Wilkes a 3-1 lead just 1:48 later when he ripped a header off an Osswald corner kick.
           
Moravian had a 14-11 advantage in shots, while Wilkes held a slim 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Dominik Proctor garnered the win in goal for the Colonels by coming up with five saves. Chris Nederostek finished with two saves in goal for the Greyhounds.



(9/13) Wilkes 3 Widener 0
Three different Wilkes University players tallied goals to lead the Colonels to a 3-0 non-conference win over Widener University on Wednesday night. Wilkes improved to 3-2 overall with their second straight shutout win, while the Pioneers see their mark fall to 1-2-1 overall.
           
Andy Curry got the Colonels on the board just 8:24 into the match when he scored off assists from Mike Bridy and Greg Miller to make it 1-0. Wilkes extended the lead to 2-0 at halftime when Jimmy Thomas flicked a header into the back of the net off a Bret Osswald assist at the 19:20 mark. Jonathan Kushner would tally the only goal of the second half when he drilled a shot from 20-yard out past Widener goalkeeper Marty Squicciarini at 57:04.
           
Both Wilkes and Widener finished with 10 shots each in the match. The Pioneers held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Dominik Proctor picked up the shutout win in goal for the Colonels by stopping three shots. Squicciarini had four saves in net for Widener. 



(9/10) Wilkes 1 Johns Hopkins 0
Wilkes University got a first half goal from Bret Osswald and made that stand up as they upset 14th-ranked Johns Hopkins University 1-0 in a non-conference men’s soccer match on Sunday afternoon at Ralston Field. The Colonels evened their record at 2-2 with the win, while the Blue Jays suffered their first loss and fell to 4-1.
           
Osswald ripped a shot into the upper corner of the goal cage at the 13:08 mark of the opening period to put Wilkes on top. Sean Vona was credited with the assist on the play after he headed a pass to Osswald prior to the goal.
           
The Wilkes defense would make the one-goal advantage stand up thanks to some outstanding play. The Colonels allowed 18 shots in the contest. However, only four of those shots found their way on goal. Wilkes finished with 14 shots, five of which were on goal. The Colonels enjoyed a 7-4 edge in corner kicks in the contest.
           
Wilkes goalkeeper Dominik Proctor picked up his first shutout victory of the season stopping all four shots he faced. Johns Hopkins goalie Danny Coble was also credited with four saves.


(9/9) Montclair State 3 Wilkes 0
Montclair State University improved to 4-0 overall by netting a 3-0 men’s soccer victory over Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon at Ralston Field. The Colonels fall to 1-2 overall heading into Sunday’s home match with Johns Hopkins University at 1:00 p.m.
           
The Red Hawks scored twice in a span of 2:50 late in the first half to break open a scoreless tie. Bill Anthes tallied the first Montclair State goal off assists from Jeff Rowe and Brian Miles to make it 1-0 at the 39:54 mark. Ilyas Tasci extended the lead to 2-0 at 42:44 when he tallied off a Kevin Burkhardt helper.
           
Montclair State would score the final goal of the match at the 66:29 mark of the second stanza. John Esposito was credited with the goal unassisted. 
           
The Red Hawks held a 16-10 shots advantage and also gained a 5-2 edge in corner kicks. Nick Mele stopped all five shots he faced to pick up the shutout win in goal for Montclair State. Dominik Proctor had six saves and TJ Baloga chipped in with three saves for Wilkes.


(9/6) Muhlenberg 1 Wilkes 0
Muhlenberg College got an own goal with less than 17 minutes remaining to earn a 1-0 non-conference men’s soccer victory over Wilkes University on Wednesday night. The Mules up their overall record to 2-0 with the win, while the Colonels see their record even at 1-1.
           
The only goal of the match came at the 73:04 mark of the second half. Steve Tenenzapf lofted a free kick towards the Wilkes goal. The ball went off the head of a Colonels defender and into the net to give the Mules a 1-0 lead.
           
Wilkes had several golden opportunities to draw even just moments after the Muhlenberg goal. However, one shot was cleared off the line by a Mules defender and another hit the crossbar to keep the Colonels off the board.
           
Muhlenberg held a 15-9 edge in shots and a 10-3 advantage in corner kicks. Peter Bennett notched the win in goal for the Mules by stopping four shots. Dominik Proctor was credited with six saves in net for Wilkes.


(9/1) Wilkes 3 Misericordia 2
Andy Curry scored a pair of goals and Steve Uhas added a goal and an assist to lift Wilkes University to a 3-2 win over rival College Misericordia in the men’s soccer opener for both sides on Friday afternoon at Ralston Field.

The Cougars got on the scoreboard first at the 3:29 mark of the opening half when Tyler Mensch lofted a shot over the top of Wilkes goalkeeper Dominik Proctor to make it 1-0.

Wilkes would respond with three goals in a span of 12:05 later in the initial stanza. Curry pulled the Colonels even at the 24:36 mark when he pushed a shot into the goal off an assist from Greg Miller that made it 1-1.

Misericordia would be whistled for an infraction inside of the box, securing a penalty kick for Wilkes. Uhas stepped up and calmly cracked a shot past Misericordia goalie Andrew Loyd to give the Colonels a 2-1 lead 26:35 into the period. 

Curry would up the Wilkes advantage to 3-1 at the 36:41 mark when he accepted a pass from Uhas and once again found the back of the net. 

The Cougars would climb to within 3-2 with only 4:06 remaining thanks to a Wilkes foul in the box that resulted in a penalty kick. Max Campbell was successful on the attempt to draw Misericordia within a goal.

Misericordia held a 16-11 shots advantage, while Wilkes gained a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. Proctor finished with six saves to notch the win in goal for the Colonels, while Loyd ended the afternoon with three saves for the Cougars.









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