Lords open 2015 soccer season with a bang

The Kenyon College Lords soccer team scored three first-half goals within a ten-minute span Tuesday and cruised to a 3-0 victory over the host Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets. It was the second-straight season-opening win for the Lords, who kicked off their 2015 schedule ranked as the No. 9 team in the nation.

The Lords fired off five shots within the first 20 minutes of the game. Their sixth shot came off the foot of freshman Brice Koval and found the back of the Waynesburg net with 21:46 expired in the half. Junior David Resnekov was credited with the assist.

Less than two minutes later, junior Tony Amolo, Kenyon’s top offensive threat, scored off a play set up by freshman William Bennett. It was career goal No. 26 for Amolo, who ranks ninth all-time among Kenyon’s career leaders.

Finally, at the 31:02 mark, Bennett set up the last Kenyon tally. He delivered a pass to fellow freshmen David Kim, who fired his shot past Waynesburg starting goalkeeper Nathan Ribar. Ribar made five saves, but was pulled at the half in favor of James Snyder, who did not allow a goal and made seven saves.

Although the scoring stopped there, the Kenyon offense continued to dominate the game by outshooting Waynesburg 29-1 and by cranking out a huge 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Kenyon junior goalkeeper Sam Clougher saved the only shot he faced throughout the game and recorded his 24th career shutout, a total that ranks second all-time in the Kenyon record books.

The Lords (1-0) now return home for a string of four consecutive games on Mavec Field. The first of the four will be against Otterbein University at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The two teams faced off last year with Kenyon taking a 3-0 decision on the Cardinals’ home field.