Patient Offense Helps Albion Defeat Oberlin

ALBION, Mich. Concerned with an Oberlin squad that scored 37 goals in its first two matches, Albion executed its plan of playing patiently on offense to earn a 7-5 victory over the previously unbeaten Yeomen.

The senior mifielders shined as Dan Genord scored Albion's first and last goals, and Jamie Kehoe and Mitch Loney each tacked on goals.

"Jamie was a multi-tool player for us tonight," Albion coach Jake DeCola said after his team improved to 3-2. "He ran the offense, played defense, and cleared the ball.

"We threw some things against their zone defense," DeCola added. "Our midfielders played at a high level. Our effort was great and we did a good job of playing as a team."

Genord, Tim Urso, Loney, and Dylan Neal scored in the second quarter as Albion seized a 4-2 lead. Kehoe's tally two minutes into the third quarter boosted the margin to 5-2.

Oberlin got goals from Peter Paul, Alex Wagman, and Nick Lobley as the Britons were hanging on to a tenuous 6-5 lead late in the third quarter.

Genord completed the scoring with his 15th goal of the season with 8:56 left in the fourth quarter. Joel Hedemark, who produced a goal and three assists, dished out the assist on the last score.

Goalkeeper Ian Monkman gobbled up six saves.

Albion will play at home again at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, when it challenges Concordia (Wis.) University.

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Albion, Mich. - Oberlin College fell to Albion College, 7-5, on the road Wednesday night despite five Yeomen scoring in the contest.

A variety of Yeomen found the back of the net in Wednesday's nonconference match-up against the Brits. Scorers included sophomore Sean Higgins and freshmen Peter Paul, Nick Lobley, Alex Wagman, and Barrett Kelly.

Oberlin got on the board first when Higgins scored the only goal of the first quarter at the 4:06 mark. Albion responded with two unanswered goals within two minutes of each other to put the Brits up 2-1. Kelly went on to tie the game, 2-2, with 7:36 left to play in the second quarter.

Albion answered with two consecutive goals, one of which came with just 35 seconds left to play in the second period. The Brits didn't waste any time in the second half by adding another score to extend their lead to 5-2 at the 13:18 mark in the third quarter.

The Yeomen got back within two when Paul found the back of the net and was assisted by Wagman. After another Brit score to make it a three-goal deficit, Oberlin fought its way back within one. The first goal came when Lobley found Wagman with 6:01 remaining in the third quarter for the Yeomen's fourth goal of the game. With 2:03 to play in the third, Lobley was rewarded with a goal of his own. Junior Mickey Fiorillo assisted on the play.

Albion shut out the Yeomen in the fourth period, and added one goal to their lead, ending the game with the score 7-5.

Freshman Miles Brooke spent all 60 minutes in goal and made 10 saves in the contest. Senior Eli Clark-Davis led the Yeomen with five ground balls, as Higgins scooped up four of his own.

Albion had a slight edge, as a team, with 31 shots and 32 ground balls compared to the Yeomen's 28 shots and 27 ground balls.

The loss is Oberlin's first of the year. The Yeomen continue their season on March 13 when Adrian College comes to town for Oberlin's home opener. The match-up is set to begin at 7:00 p.m.


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