Men’s soccer wins Great Midwest Athletic Conference title, 2-1

Eagles down Yellowjackets and hoist GMAC title trophy


Cade Cracas, Sports & Digital Editor

The Ashland University men’s soccer team came to play and did not disappoint.

The Eagles, led by Great Midwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Nick Roberts, kept composure and secured the conference title with a 2-1 win over the Cedarville Yellowjackets.

In the first half of play, the Eagles fell behind quickly, 1-0.

In the third minute of the game, Yellowjacket midfielder Jake Johnson found his third goal of the season with a lower right-corner goal. On the assist was midfielder Victor Pomelli who found his eighth on the season.

As the first half continued on, the Eagles continued to battle hard through the unexpected weather conditions. At one point in the first half, winds reached up to 35 miles per hour.

Goalkeeper Ty Bowden, who won GMAC Goalkeeper of the Year, finished the first half with five saves as the Yellowjackets outshot the Eagles 14-1.

While it was prevalent that changes needed to be made heading into halftime the Eagles did not let the 1-0 lead diminish their goals of hoisting the conference trophy.

In the second half of play, the Eagles flipped the script outshooting the Yellowjackets 11-5. Five of the Eagles’ shots ended up on goal, with two finding the back of the net.

The first saw defender-turned-midfielder Oliver Whaley find a goal to give the Eagles a tie after a pass from midfielder Vander Rocha found his foot.

Just eight minutes later Whaley would send a cross in that accidentally found the back corner of the goal in the 52nd minute to finish the game off.

The Yellowjackets attempted to will their way back into the game but were unable to find the tieing goal.

Whaley finished the contest with two goals on four shots and won MVP of the game. Bowden finished the contest with six saves.

With the win, the Eagles finished the season 12-6-1 and the 2022 GMAC title trophy in their possession.