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Bishops score twice to spoil Senior Day

Max Haupt  |  Photo by Brett Dunbar
Max Haupt | Photo by Brett Dunbar

GRANVILLE, Ohio – On a day where Denison men's soccer honored nine seniors for their contributions to the program, the Big Red fell to Ohio Wesleyan University, 2-1, at Deeds Field-Piper Stadium.

Both sides were held to only two shots each in the first half, but the Battling Bishops answered first in the 42nd minute when Ryan Huelsman finished a shot from 35 yards out in the top-left corner of the net to take a 1-0 Ohio Wesleyan lead into intermission.

The Big Red opened the second half aggressively with back-to-back shots from Max Haupt and Dan Milhollen, as Milhollen's shot sailed just inches above the crossbar.

The Bishops then added to their lead in the 51st minute when Matt Yingling took a shot from the left side of the goal and bounced it in off the right goalpost to take a 2-1 advantage.

Less than nine minutes later, Denison tallied their first goal of the match when junior Luis Zamora attempted a shot from just outside the goalbox and deflected it off an OWU defender to total his fifth goal of the season and to cut the deficit to 2-1.

DU's Jordan Williams and David Jaben played defensively sound to round out the match, allowing only one shot from Ohio Wesleyan in the final 30 minutes of play. The Big Red looked to tie the match in the final minute, but Milhollen's shot just went high over the crossbar as Denison suffered their second conference loss of the season, 2-1.  

Denison's goalkeeper Jack Thomas totaled a two-save performance in 90 minutes of work, while J.P. Baughman and Mike Heeschen played 45 minutes each for Ohio Wesleyan.

The Big Red finish the regular season at 7-7-3 and 4-2-3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. With 15 points, Denison has locked up the No. 4 seed and will open NCAC Tournament play with a semi-final matchup at No. 1 seeded Kenyon College on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m.