Delaware, Ohio – As good of a season the DePauw men's soccer team has had at 11-2-4 overall and 6-1-2 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, they'll open the NCAC Tournament on Wednesday against a team who gave them one of their two losses on the year – Ohio Wesleyan.
When the Battling Bishops came to Greencastle on Oct. 20 they left with a 3-2 win, breaking a 1-1 tie at halftime and hitting the game-winner at 81:37. The win aided Ohio Wesleyan in the standings, earning them a No. 2 seed in the tournament as they finished 7-1-1 in the conference and 14-3-2 overall.
DePauw finished just two points behind the Battling Bishops in points, 22-20. After suffering the loss, the Tigers closed the season 2-0-1.
Statistically, Ohio Wesleyan led the conference in goals (55) and assists (42). DePauw finished fifth in goals (35) and assists (24).
Ohio Wesleyan has one of the top offensive players in the NCAC in Brian Schaefer. He leads the conference in points (36), assists (8) and is second in goals (14).
DePauw counters with a number of players who can make something happen. Julian Gonzalez leads the team with 21 points, eight goals and five assists. Adrian Ables (six goals, five assists, 17 points) and Zach Hoffman (six goals, three assists, 15 points) are close behind while Mitch Reavis, Alieu Musa and EJ Moore have all tallied 10 points.
Goalkeeper Chris Yount in 10-2-4 on the year with 64 saves and 20 goals against. He has a 1.17 goals against average.
On the other side of the bracket No. 1 seed Kenyon (15-1, 8-1) will face No. 4 Oberlin (11-6-1, 5-4). In their previous matchup on Oct. 14, the Lords won 1-0.
Last year, Ohio Wesleyan beat DePauw in the semifinal 3-2, but Kenyon took the championship in a 2-1 overtime win.
The Tigers travel to Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. start. The winners will play on Saturday at the highest remaining seed with a time TBA.
Tourney Notes: The tournament winner receives the NCAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament ... Ohio Wesleyan, which owns nine NCAC tournament titles, is the only member school that has competed in every tournament since its inaugural year in 2000 ... DePauw returns to its fourth-straight tournament, having captured two of the last three championships ... Kenyon earned a berth in the field of four for the fourth-straight year and ninth overall and enters 2015 as the defending champions after defeating OWU in the tournament final a season ago ... Oberlin returns to the tournament for the second time in three years and fourth time overall after having not made the tournament since 2006.