#1 Ranked OCU Delivers Two Shutout Wins
KNOXVILLE, TN - The #1 ranked Ohio Christian Men's Soccer team headed south over the weekend to take on mid-east region rivals Johnson University and Crown College. OCU came into the weekend ranked #1 in the NCCAA National Coaches Poll with a 7-2-1 record. OCU got the festivities started on Friday night as they took on Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee.
OCU got out to an early start in the first half with goals by Dexter Chapman and Adam Knox to give the Trailblazers a comfortable 4-0 lead at the half. Dave Blamo would go on to record 3 assists in the game and Dexter Chapman would score his 2nd goal to help OCU cruise to a 5-0 shutout win. OCU goalkeeper Steve Fabian tallied 7 saves to solidify the OCU defense.
OCU outshot Jounson 18-7 in the game and held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. The all-time series between OCU and Johnson is now evened up at 8-8-1. Head Coach Josh Murton had this to say after the game, "The guys did well coming out and establishing the tone of the game early and consistently. We did well in moving the ball and I am pleased with how we finished."
On Saturday, OCU took on perennial rival Crown College in Powell, TN. The OCU/Crown rivlary has received national attention for having close games that come down to the wire. This game would not disappoint as it would be another nailbiter in a string of close games.
The first half was back and forth as both teams battled for possession. Both defenses stood firm as neither team tallied a goal in the first half with scored knotted up at 0-0 going into halftime. The 2nd half continued the defensive battle until Jimmy Galvan booted the ball in for his 7th goal of the season to give OCU a 1-0 advantage. Dave Blamo and Adam Knox both assisted on the game changing goal. The OCU defense would tighten up down the stretch to secure the 1-0 shutout. Steve Fabian tallied a pair of saves for his 3rd straight shutout performance. OCU held the shooting advantage in the game with a 17-9 margin.
"Crown always plays us tough and we welcome it," said head coach Josh Murton. "They play hard and do a lot of good things to keep them in our games. Their keepers are some of the best in the nation. Add that with this being a tough road trip, and were happy to come out with the win. Our goal was a great combination inside the 18 and it highlighted the day for us."
The all-time series with Crown now sits at 7-7-0. The shutout by Steve Fabian was his 7th of the season, tying a school record that he set in 2010. OCU is now 9-2-1 on the season.