BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin Wallace University men's soccer team and 17-year Head Coach Reid Ayers will be looking to compete for a shot at the 2014 Ohio Athletic Conference title. Despite losing eight lettermen from last season, Ayers is confident his team can contend in the OAC.
Coming off a 7-11-3 overall season, Ayers returns five seniors and nine returning starters to provide the leadership and spark that the Yellow Jackets need to get back on top of the OAC. The squad will be well-balanced and combine both young and experienced players.
The attack will be led by senior Academic All-OAC forward Cody Smith (Brunswick) and senior Academic All-OAC midfielder Michael Brennan (Akron/ Walsh Jesuit). The duo combined for nine goals and three assists last season and hope to improve on that mark this season.
Senior Nick Gallo (Richfield/ Revere), who started 20 games season, and junior Zach Smith (Parma/ Normandy) will be the top midfielders. Gallo had three assists and Smith provided three goals and three assists. Also look for senior Eric Sokol (Burrell, Pa.) and sophomore Patrick O'Malley (Sheridan, Ind./ Westfield) also to be counted on to contribute to BW's success. Sokol scored once and O'Malley had a goal and three assists.
On defense, look for senior Mike Womack (Mentor) and sophomore Adam Grove (Indianapolis, Ind./ North Central) to provide the experience after both started 20 of 21 games in 2013.
One key battle in camp will occur "between the pipes". Junior goalkeepers Zach Haynes (Medina/ Senior) and Andrew Sismour (North Ridgeville) are the main competitors and will be challenged by at least one incoming freshman. Haynes played in four games, including two starts, allowed five goals in more than 264 minutes of action with nine saves. Sismour saw action in one contest and did not allow a goal in more than 52 minutes.
The Yellow Jackets open the season on Friday August 29 when they travel to Erie, Pennsylvania and play host Penn State-Behrend University in the first round of the annual Herb Lauffer Memorial Tournament.
January 14, 2015 Arney and Brennan Tabbed To Academic All-Ohio Men's Soccer Team
December 30, 2014 Arney and Brennan Garner All-Ohio Honors in Soccer
November 18, 2014 28 Yellow Jacket Student-Athletes Garner Fall Academic All-OAC Honors
November 13, 2014 Three Yellow Jacket Men’s Soccer Players Named All-OAC
November 5, 2014 Yellow Jackets Lose in Double Overtime in OAC Tournament Semifinals
November 1, 2014 BW Men Rout Capital, 4-0, to Earn Second Seed in OAC Tourney
October 28, 2014 Deighton’s Two Goals Lift BW in 2-1 Win Over ONU
October 25, 2014 BW Men’s Soccer Knocked Off By Otterbein in OAC Game
October 22, 2014 Brennan Score Not Enough Against OAC-Leader and Cross-Town Rival
October 17, 2014 BW Men Win, 2-1, Against Wilmington
October 14, 2014 BW Men's Soccer Drops First OAC Game to Mount Union
October 11, 2014 BW Men Defeat Marietta, 3-1
October 8, 2014 BW Men Tie with Heidelberg
October 4, 2014 BW Earns Fifth Win of Season; Zach Smith Scores Two Goals
October 1, 2014 Harden's Two Goals Lift BW to 3-2 Double Overtime Win at Oberlin
September 27, 2014 BW Men Shutout Defiance, 2-0; Second Straight Win
September 24, 2014 Smith Scores Late Game Winner to Top Waynesburg, 2-1
September 20, 2014 BW Men Come Up Short Against Ohio Wesleyan, 3-1
September 16, 2014 BW Men's Soccer Team Loses at Allegheny (Pa.)
September 13, 2014 BW Men Drop its Match to Grove City (Pa.), 4-1
September 10, 2014 BW Men's Soccer Blanked by Case Western Reserve
September 7, 2014 Yellow Jackets Come up Short Against Saint Mary’s College (Md.), 2-1
August 30, 2014 BW Men Beat Houghton (N.Y.) on Deighton's Boot
August 29, 2014 BW drops Season-Opener to PS-Behrend to Hosts
July 3, 2014 2014 Baldwin Wallace University Men’s Soccer Preview