Senior forward Tyler Bryant (Chillicothe/Unioto) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal to highlight a 5-goal, second-half eruption that lifted sixth-ranked Ohio Wesleyan over Denison 5-1 in North Coast Athletic Conference play on Saturday in Granville.
The victory was the 600th career win for Ohio Wesleyan head coach Jay Martin. Martin becomes only the second college men’s soccer coach to reach the 600-win mark, according to records of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the National Collegiate Athletics Association.
The win also extended Ohio Wesleyan’s unbeaten streak in NCAC games to a conference-record 38.
Denison had taken a 1-0 lead after earning a free kick in the 18th minute. Bob Casarona sent the ball to Chris Olson, who skimmed a shot under the crossbar from 8 yards out, and the first half would end with that 1-0 margin intact.
Ohio Wesleyan evened the score early in the second half as sophomore midfielder Paolo Bucci (Dublin/Bishop Watterson) crossed the ball to sophomore back Peter Jacobi (St. Louis, Mo./Whitfield School), who settled the ball, and ripped a shot into the lower left corner of the net from 28 yards.
Bryant gave the Bishops the lead in the 66th minute when he settled a bouncing ball and zipped a shot inside the right post, and less than 2 minutes later, the Bishops tacked on another goal when senior back Andrew Miller (Medina) sent a through ball to senior forward Travis Wall (Columbus/Upper Arlington), who drilled a long shot into the lower right corner.
The Bishops put together another 2-goal flurry to put the game out of reach.
Sophomore midfielder Jon Stegner (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) made it 4-1 when he took a crossing pass from freshman midfielder Colton Bloecher (Lewis Center/Olentangy Orange) and knocked a shot into the right corner, and just over 2 minutes later, senior forward Matt Bonfini (Dublin/Coffman) wrapped up the scoring with an unassisted tally.
Ohio Wesleyan outshot Denison, 16-7. Junior Paul Hendricks (Columbus/Worthington Kilbourne) recorded 2 saves in the Ohio Wesleyan goal. Matt Wagner and Andrew Stewart combined for 4 saves for Denison.