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Dominating second half guides Lords to win over Wooster

WOOSTER, Ohio – The Kenyon men’s soccer team started cracking away at The College of Wooster’s defense late in the first half and broke through in the second to earn a 2-0 North Coast Athletic Conference road win. The victory kept Kenyon unbeaten in conference play (4-0) while moving its overall mark to 9-2-2.

After outshooting the Fighting Scots 10-4 in the first, the Lords came back in the second and controlled nearly all of the possession and found a 13-1 shots advantage.

Offensive opportunities were few until about the 22-minute mark in the opening half.

Wooster’s first good look came at 24:14. After a throw-in from the left sideline, a header attempt by Alex Montalbano sailed just above the top crossbar. A couple minutes later, Max Hill fired on goal but Lords freshman Ian McInturf came up with his first save of the game.

For Kenyon, its best looks came in the final 15 minutes.

At 30:35, John Penas chased after a long pass in between a Wooster defender and its goalie, Will Collis. With Collis temporarily away from the net, Kenyon’s speedy second-year player shot from the right side but his shot sailed well above the crossbar.

Ten minutes later, Max Taylor found himself near the top of the 18, but his low-rolling shot came into Collis’ hands. Jack Cohen added another attempt with 2:16 left on the clock. Navigating to his left around the 18, Cohen got a hard shot attempt off, but it was blocked.

In the second half, Kenyon kept its pressure up and found the go-ahead goal about 10 minutes in. The Woo Jeon to Henry Myers connection train struck for the fourth time as Jeon headed a pass to the left post and watched as Myers tapped in his 11th goal of the year.

Just four minutes later, Penas redeemed himself with an absolute laser from near the top of the 18 to the right corner extending Kenyon’s lead to 2-0.

Defensively, the Lords were marvelous limiting Wooster to just a single shot in the second half.

Kenyon will next take a five-game winning streak on the road this coming Saturday, October 14 at Hiram College (3-8, 1-2 NCAC) for a 7:30 p.m. conference match.

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