(10/31) Freedom Conference Semi-Final
King's 0 Wilkes 0 (King's advances 4-3 in penalty kicks)
King's College earned a berth in the Freedom Conference championship match with a win in penalty kicks over Wilkes University on Wednesday afternoon. The contest ended in a 0-0 tie in two overtimes, but the Monarchs were able to score a 4-3 win in the shootout to advance to the championship match.
King’s will meet top-seeded DeSales on Saturday at the Bulldogs home field for the conference title and an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament.
King’s (8-8-3) held a 15-12 shots advantage in the contest, while also claiming a 6-5 edge in corner kicks. Monarchs goalkeeper John McNichol ended the day with five saves. Wilkes goalkeeper TJ Baloga had nine stops as the Colonels moved to 11-6-2 overall.
After neither team was able to score in regulation or the two overtime sessions, the match was decided on penalty kicks. The Colonels took the first attempt, which hit the left post and bounced out. Cameron Audette knocked home the first try for King’s to give his squad a 1-0 lead through the first of five rounds.
Wilkes’ Greg Miller and the Monarchs’ Kevin Moulton were both successful in round two to make it 2-1.
In the third round the Colonels’ Sean Vona knocked home his attempt to even the count at 2-2. King’s third attempt was saved by Baloga to keep the count even with two rounds left.
After Wilkes missed their fourth try off the right post, Ryan Symons stepped up for the Monarchs and laced his shot into the back of the net to make it 3-2 King’s.
Andy Curry countered for Wilkes in round five with a tally, but Brandon Placke was able to end the match for King’s by converting his try and giving his team the 4-3 win.
10/28) Wilkes 3 Arcadia 2 (ot)
Wilkes University rallied from a two-goal deficit to earn a 3-2 overtime win over Arcadia University in a Freedom Conference men’s soccer match on Sunday at Ralston Field.
The win improved the Colonels to 11-6-1 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Wilkes will carry a five-match winning streak into the post-season. The Colonels, who are the number-two seed, will host third-seeded King’s College on Wednesday at a time to be determined. Arcadia concluded their year with an overall record of 2-14-2 and a conference record of 1-5.
Andrew Plunkett put the Knights on top at 21:15 of the first half when he scored off a Joe Clemente assist. Plunkett would also knock home the second goal for Arcadia, this one coming at 56:15 of the second stanza off a Matt Nowicki assist to make it 2-0.
Wilkes began their comeback with 19:53 remaining when Sean Vona converted a penalty kick following an Arcadia foul in the box.
The Colonels forced overtime when Andy Curry struck net off an assist from Sean Vona with just 3:13 left in regulation.
The game-winning goal came at the 96:10 mark of overtime when Jonathan Kushner took a pass from Curry and delivered a shot into the back of the net to give Wilkes the win.
The Colonels had a 21-7 shots advantage and an 8-3 edge in corner kicks. TJ Baloga finished with three saves in goal for Wilkes. Jeff Kratohwill had two saves and Kevin Gallagher had four stops in net for Arcadia.
(10/25) Wilkes 3 Manhattanville 0
Greg Miller scored a goal and had two assists as the Wilkes University men’s soccer team earned a berth in the upcoming Freedom Conference playoffs with a 3-0 win at Manhattanville College on Thursday afternoon.
The Colonels, who improved to 10-6-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference, won their fourth straight match. They can claim the number-two seed for the playoffs with a win on Saturday at home against Arcadia University. Manhattanville watched their records fall to 5-11-1 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
Wilkes would take a 1-0 lead at the 28:11 mark when James Humenansky notched a goal off an assist from Miller.
The Colonels extended their lead to 2-0 just 1:45 later when Tom Joyce cracked a header into the back of the net off a corner kick by Miller.
Miller would then score the final goal for Wilkes with 4:48 left when he picked up a rebound following an Andy Curry shot and deposited it into the goal to make it 3-0.
Manhattanville finished with a 14-13 advantage in shots, while Wilkes was able to secure a 7-3 edge in corner kicks. TJ Baloga earned his sixth shutout win of the campaign by stopping seven shots. Manhattanville goalkeeper Jason Torres was credited with four saves.
(10/22) Wilkes 2 Scranton 0
Wilkes University scored twice in the final 12:48 to earn a hard-fought 2-0 men’s soccer win over local rival the University of Scranton in a non-conference match on Monday afternoon at Ralston Field.
The win improved the Colonels to 9-6-1 as they prepare for a key Freedom Conference match at Manhattanville College on Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Scranton saw their overall record slide to 8-7-1.
Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard until the 77:12 mark of the second stanza. A ball was served toward the 16-yard mark that Wilkes’ Sean Vona got a head on. His flick found the foot of Greg Miller, who drilled a shot to give the Colonels a 1-0 lead.
Wilkes would add an insurance goal with just 5:10 left to seal the victory. Scranton’s attempted clear went right to the Colonels’ Andy Curry, and Curry was able to push a shot past Royals goalkeeper Bob Schwarting to extend the lead to 2-0.
The Colonels out-shot Scranton by an 18-15 count and had an 8-5 edge in corner kicks. Wilkes goalkeeper TJ Baloga stopped all five shots he faced to pick up his fifth shutout win of the campaign. Schwarting ended the afternoon with eight saves in net for Scranton.
(10/16) Wilkes 2 King's 1
Greg Miller and Kyle Dukmen tallied goals to lead Wilkes University to a 2-1 Freedom Conference men’s soccer victory over rival King’s College on Tuesday afternoon at Ralston Field.
The win improved the Colonels to 8-6-1 overall and upped their conference mark to 3-1. King’s suffered its first conference loss in three matches and saw its overall record fall to 6-7-2.
Wilkes would get on the board just 1:02 into the opening half. Sean Vona served a ball from the corner and Greg Miller was able to knock a header into the left side of the goal to provide the Colonels with a 1-0 advantage.
The match would stay that way until the 64:22 mark of the second stanza. Wilkes’ Bret Osswald hit Andy Curry with a pass down the right sideline. Curry would cross a ball toward the far left post and Kyle Dukmen would drill a header into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
King’s cut the lead in half just over seven minutes later thanks to a goal by Cameron Audette. Mark Timko, who was credited with an assist on the play, ripped a shot that bounced off of Wilkes goalkeeper TJ Baloga. Audette pounced on the rebound and fired a shot that brought the Monarchs with 2-1.
Wilkes held a 23-11 advantage in shots and a 9-5 edge in corner kicks. Baloga finished with three saves in goal for the Colonels, while John McNichol stopped five shots in net for King’s.
(10/13) Wilkes 5 Delaware Valley 2
Wilkes University exploded for five goals on their way to a 5-2 Freedom Conference men’s soccer win at Delaware Valley College on Saturday afternoon. The win improved the Colonels to 7-6-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference, while the Aggies fell to 2-13 overall and 0-3 in conference action.
Wilkes took a 1-0 lead just three minutes into the match when Sean Vona scored unassisted. The lead grew to 2-0 at 18:00 when a Delaware Valley defender deflected a ball into his own goal.
The Colonels extended the lead to 3-0 with four minutes left in the first half. Sean Stitt was credited with the goal off an assist from Andy Curry.
Delaware Valley got on the scoreboard with 30 seconds remaining in the half thanks to Eric Maciag’s goal off a Nathan Knight assist that made it 3-1 at intermission.
Wilkes would score twice in the opening 6:40 of the second half to put the match away. Curry tallied an unassisted goal at 49:35 and Greg Miller scored unassisted at the 51:40 mark to up the Colonels advantage to 5-1.
The Aggies would get their final goal at 63:00 thanks to a penalty kick by Maciag that made it 5-2.
Wilkes dominated play and held a 22-4 shots advantage and a 9-4 edge in corner kicks. TJ Baloga stopped one shot in goal for the Colonels to register the win. Nick D’Amato got the start in goal and had five saves for Delaware Valley. Steve Richtmyer came on to play the final 38:20 for the Aggies in net and copped three saves.
(10/10) DeSales 3 Wilkes 2
DeSales University broke open a 1-1 match by scoring twice in the second half on their way to a 3-1 Freedom Conference men’s soccer win over visiting Wilkes University on Wednesday afternoon. The Bulldogs improved to 5-8-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play. Wilkes slipped to 6-6-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
DeSales got on the board first just 4:20 into the opening half when Dustin Sturm knocked home a shot off an assist from Joe Yoha to make it 1-0.
Wilkes would even the contest at 1-1 at the 13 minute mark of the first stanza. Sean Vona hit Kyle Dukmen with a pass on top of the box. Dukmen would lay off a pass to Andy Curry, who ripped a shot into the upper left corner.
The Bulldogs would regain the lead just 1:49 into the second half. Sturm took the initial shot that was saved by Wilkes goalkeeper TJ Baloga. However, the rebound came out to Tim Hall, who pushed a shot past Baloga to make it 2-1.
Andrew Marshall pushed the DeSales lead to 3-1 when he scored an unassisted goal at 65:30 of the second half.
Wilkes cut the lead to 3-2 with 4:11 remaining in the match. Sean Stitt picked up a rebound and struck the back of the net with a shot.
(10/6) Wilkes 2 FDU-Florham 0
Wilkes University scored once in each half to earn a 2-0 win over FDU-Florham in the Freedom Conference men’s soccer opener for both teams on Saturday at Ralston Field. The win improved Wilkes to 6-5-1 overall, while the Devils saw their record move to 6-6 overall.
The Colonels would get the only goal they needed at 38:43 of the first half when James Humenansky hit Sean Stitt with a pass, and Stitt deposited a shot into the back of the goal to give Wilkes a 1-0 lead at halftime.
John Helwig would give the Colonels some breathing room when he scored off an assist from Stitt with just 8:14 remaining in the match to extend the lead to 2-0.
Wilkes held a 17-10 shots advantage, while FDU-Florham had a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. TJ Baloga notched the shutout win in goal for the Colonels after stopping three shots. Jared Drucker finished with eight saves in net for the Devils.
(10/3) Rowan 1 Wilkes 0
Rowan University claimed a 1-0 non-conference men’s soccer win over visiting Wilkes University on Wednesday night. The win improved the Profs to 6-5-1 overall, while the Colonels saw their record slip to 5-5-1 overall.
Rowan would score the only goal of the match at the 53:47 mark of the second half. The tally came on a shot by Kyle Clugston off an assist from Dan Arnold.
Wilkes held the statistical advantage in the match. The Colonels out-shot Rowan by a 21-17 count, while also claiming a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks. Rowan goalkeeper Dave Schnidewolf kept the Colonels off of the scoreboard by stopping 16 shots in the match. Wilkes goalkeeper TJ Baloga finished the night with eight saves.
(10/1) Wilkes 1 Lycoming 1 (2ot)
Wilkes University and Lycoming College played to a 1-1 tie in double-overtime in a non-conference men’s soccer match on Monday afternoon. The Colonels record moved to 5-4-1, while the Warriors record stands at 7-2-1.
Lycoming would take a 1-0 lead in the opening half. Chris Lorenzet hit Joe Pusateri with a pass, and Pusateri deposited a shot into the back of the net to give the Warriors the lead at the 34:46 mark.
Wilkes would take advantage of a two-on-one situation to score the equalizer in the second period. Tom Joyce and John Helwig combined to put the Colonels on the board when Joyce made a pass to Helwig, who slipped a shot into the bottom left corner of the goal to make it 1-1 at 58:33.
Neither team was able to crack the scoring column during the remaining time in regulation and the contest went into overtime. Both teams were able to manage just one shot in the first overtime and went into the second extra session still tied. In the second overtime, Wilkes had two shots and held the Warriors without a shot, but once again the score remained the same and the match ended in a draw.
Lycoming out-shot Wilkes by a 17-16 margin for the game and both teams finished with two corner kicks. TJ Baloga ended the match with four saves in goal for the Colonels, while Lycoming goalie Ryan Humphreys stopped eight shots.
(9/27) Wilkes 2 Baptist Bible 0
Wilkes University won for the fifth time in their last six matches with a 2-0 victory over Baptist Bible College on Thursday afternoon at Ralston Field. The match had to be halted with 15:59 remaining due to severe lightning in the area.
The win, the Colonels third by shutout in their last four contests, improved the squad to 5-4 overall. Baptist Bible saw their overall record fall to 2-6.
Wilkes got on the board just 9:44 into the first half when Jimmy Thomas connected for a goal off an assist from Doug Moore.
The Colonels would tack on an insurance goal with 33 ticks left in the opening stanza. Kassidy Andrus hit Kyle Dukmen in stride and Dukmen drilled a shot into the upper right corner to provide the winners with a 2-0 lead.
Wilkes dominated the match statistically, holding a 30-8 advantage in shots and a 6-2 edge in corner kicks. TJ Baloga finished with six saves in goal for the Colonels, while Baptist Bible goalkeeper Dan Durrwachter was credited with 13 saves.
(9/22) Wilkes 1 Elizabethtown 0
Arthur Jankowski scored the only goal of the match with just over ten minutes remaining to propel Wilkes University to a 1-0 men’s soccer win over Elizabethtown College in a non-conference match on Saturday afternoon at Ralston Field.
The Colonels evened their overall record at 4-4 with the victory. The Blue Jays saw their six-match winning streak come to a close and slipped to 6-2 overall. Elizabethtown entered the match ranked fourth in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of American Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings.
Jankowski’s goal came at the 79:13 mark of the second period. He rifled a shot from 35-yards out into the bottom right corner of the goal to give the Colonels the 1-0 lead.
Elizabethtown had an 11-10 shots advantage, while both teams were credited with four corner kicks. TJ Baloga notched the shutout win in goal for the Colonels by stopping four shots. Jeff Mullen also finished with four saves in net for the Blue Jays.
(9/19) Dickinson 5 Wilkes 0
Dickinson College remained unbeaten and posted its sixth straight shutout win with a 5-0 victory over Wilkes University in a non-conference match on Wednesday afternoon. The victory improved the Red Devils to 7-0, while the Colonels saw their three-match winning streak come to an end and fell to 3-4.
Thomas Parkinson got Dickinson on the board at 14:37 when he ripped a shot into the back of the net off an assist from Matthew Wood.
The Red Devils would score twice in a span of just 1:23 later in the first period to extend their lead to 3-0 at intermission. Paul Coyle tallied a goal at 20:45 off assists from Wood and John Freed to up the lead to 2-0. Parkinson would follow with his second goal of the match, this one coming off an assist from Freed, to give the Red Devils a 3-0 advantage at the 22:08 mark.
Dickinson added to their lead at 50:26 of the second half. Cooper Morris would score the goal unassisted to make it a 4-0 game. Andreas Isreal capped the scoring with an unassisted goal at 70:15.
Dickinson out-shot Wilkes by a 16-13 margin. The Colonels claimed a 7-5 edge in corner kicks. Rodrigo Barboza and James Van Meerbeke both saw time in goal for the Red Devils and combined to stop six shots. TJ Baloga was credited with seven saves in net for Wilkes.
(9/16) Wilkes 2 Moravian 0
Wilkes University won their third straight men’s soccer match with a 2-0 victory over visiting Moravian College on Sunday afternoon at Ralston Field. The Colonels evened their overall record at 3-3, while the Greyhounds saw their overall mark fall to 2-4.
Wilkes needed only 3:41 to get on the scoreboard. The goal occurred when Andy Curry struck a shot that could not be handled by Moravian goalkeeper Tobias Frost. The rebound came to Doug Moore, who slipped a shot past Frost to give the Colonels a 1-0 edge.
The game would stay that way until the second stanza when Wilkes gained some breathing room. Greg Miller played a ball down the sideline to Curry. Curry then hit a cross into the box that was directed into the goal by Sean Vona to make it 2-0 with 59:32 gone in the match.
Wilkes held a 23-9 advantage in shots, while also securing an 8-3 edge in corner kicks. TJ Baloga stopped all four shots he faced to garner the shutout win in net for the Colonels. Tim Dollarton finished with eight saves in goal for the Greyhounds.
(9/12) Wilkes 3 Widener 1
Andy Curry scored two goals and added an assist and Bret Osswald had one goal and two helpers to help Wilkes University score a 3-1 non-conference men’s soccer win over Widener University on Wednesday afternoon at Ralston Field.
The win was the second in a row for the Colonels, who improved to 2-3 overall. Widener dropped their second straight match to slip to 3-2 overall.
Curry got Wilkes on the board at 30:30 of the first half when he took a pass from Bret Osswald and knocked a shot into the back of the net to make it 1-0. Doug Moore was also credited with an assist on the play.
Just 5:40 into the second stanza Curry would strike again. This time both Osswald and Sean Vona picked up assists on Curry’s tally that made it 2-0.
Osswald extended the Colonels lead to 3-0 just 1:15 after Curry’s second goal. Osswald’s goal came off assists from Curry and Greg Miller.
Widener would finally break through at 68:09 thanks to Doug Gabel’s goal off an assist from Brian James. However, that is as close as the pride would get.
Wilkes held a 16-12 shots advantage in the contest. The Colonels were also able to gain a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. TJ Baloga picked up the win in goal for Wilkes by stopping four shots. Widener’s Marty Squicciarini also finished the match with four saves in goal.
(9/8) Wilkes 3 Misericordia 2
Wilkes University won their first men’s soccer match of the season with a 3-2 victory over Misericordia University on Saturday afternoon. The Colonels upped their overall record to 1-3, while the Cougars saw their overall mark fall to 2-2.
The Cougars helds a 1-0 lead before Andy Curry scored off an assist from Jimmy Thomas for Wilkes to tie the match at 1-1 in the first half.
The Colonels trailed 2-1 in the second stanza before scoring consecutive goals to gain the win. Bret Osswald tied the match at 2-2 with an unassisted goal.
Thomas would provide Wilkes with the game-winning tally when he struck net off an assist from Greg Miller.
(9/5) Muhlenberg 2 Wilkes 0
Muhlenberg College spoiled the home debut of the Wilkes University men’s soccer team with a 2-0 win over the Colonels on Wednesday afternoon at Ralston Field. The win improved the Mules to 2-0, while Wilkes saw their record fall to 0-3.
Muhlenberg got on the board at 22:42 of the first half when Karim Assous scored off assists from Jonathan Kliewer and Adison Weseloh. The contest remained that way until the 59:16 mark of the second stanza when Weseloh took a feed from Assous and knocked a shot into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
The Mules held a 14-12 shots advantage, while both teams were credited with five corner kicks. Peter Bennett was the winner in goal for Muhlenberg after stopping six shots. Wilkes goalkeeper TJ Baloga ended the match with five saves.
(9/1) William Paterson 2 Wilkes 0
William Paterson University scored once in each half to notch a 2-0 men’s soccer win over visiting Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon. The win improved the Pioneers to 1-1 overall, while the Colonels dropped their second straight to open the season.
William Paterson got on the scoreboard at the 10:28 mark of the first half when Danny Kusnic banged home a goal off an assist from Jonathan Donado. The Pioneers would tack on an insurance goal at 65:42 of the second stanza when Donado struck net off assists from Kusnic and Gary Barrell.
Wilkes grabbed a 10-5 shots advantage, while William Paterson secured a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. David Casper was credited with the shutout in goal for the Pioneers after coming up with four saves. TJ Baloga ended the afternoon with two saves in net for Wilkes.
(8/31) Montclair State 3 Wilkes 0
-ranked Montclair State University men’s soccer team scored three goals in the second half to earn a 3-0 non-conference win over visiting Wilkes University in the season opener for both sides on Friday.
Following a scoreless first half the Red Hawks got on the board just 4:21 into the second stanza when John Esposito struck net off an assist from Owen Nichols. Just 2:27 later Esposito assisted on a goal by Chris Edelschein to provide Montclair State with a 2-0 lead. The Red Hawks would get their final goal with just 4:37 remaining when Mike Krol scored unassisted.
Montclair State held a 13-9 advantage in shots on goal, while Wilkes claimed a 6-5 edge in corner kicks. Red Hawks goalkeeper Nick Mele picked up the shutout win by stopping all four shots he faced. Wilkes goalkeeper TJ Baloga finished with seven saves in net.