Tuesday, October, 30, 2018, 1 p.m. - Memorial Stadium, Westerville, Ohio - OAC Tournament Quarterfinals
Tuesday's Preview: The fifth-seeded Ohio Northern men's soccer program will begin its quest for an OAC Tournament title this Tuesday as the Polar Bears travel to Westerville to battle fourth-seeded Otterbein in the quarterfinal round ... Match time is set for 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium ... Tuesday evening's winner will move on to face either No. 1-seeded Capital or No. 2-seeded John Carroll on Thursday, November 1 in the semifinals ... Since the 2006 season, Northern has appeared in the OAC Tournament Finals nine times, claiming the tournament title seven times ... In head coach Brent Ridenour's 21 seasons, the Polar Bears have failed to make the OAC Tournament just three times ... The team has also advanced beyond the quarterfinal round in all but two trips under the long-time head coach ... Northern enters the 2018 OAC Tournament sporting an 11-7-1 overall record and a 4-5-0 mark in conference play during the regular season ... The Polar Bears ended the regular season with a 2-0 loss at Mount Union Saturday ... Sophomore Zach Yoder paced the offense with two shots, both having been on frame ... In net, freshman John Lombardo set a new career-high with six saves ... Through 19 matches, sophomore Beelal Hasan leads the Polar Bears with 13 goals and 32 points while freshman Levi King paces the team with eight assists this season ... Hasan is tied for third in shots (66), stands fourth in goals and points, and is tied for fourth with six assists among the league's leaders ... Meanwhile, King sits tied for third in shots (66), third in assists, and fifth in goals (9) and points (26) in the OAC ... Meanwhile, Lombardo stands fifth in goals against average at 1.22 while senior goaltender William Velotta is tied for fourth in total goals against (13) ... Hasan needs one goal and one point this season to tie the all-time sophomore class records of 14 goals and 33 points at Ohio Northern ... Otterbein enters the league tournament owning an 8-7-0 overall record and a 5-4-0 mark in the OAC ... The Cardinals are paced offensively by junior midfielder Eric Stucky, who has four goals, two assists, and 10 points this season ... Freshman goaltender Andrew McIlvoy has started the past five matches for Otterbein, defelecting 28 shots and recording two shutouts.
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All-Time Series: The Polar Bears trail Otterbein 14-23 in the all-time series, which includes a 6-14 record in Westerville ... The two programs will meet in the conference postseason for the first time since the 1999 campaign ... The Cardinals won the regular season matchup 1-0 in Westerville last Wednesday, October 24.
Head Coach Brent Ridenour: Ridenour is currently in his 21st season guiding the Ohio Northern men's soccer program … He owns a 306-122-35 (.699) overall record entering the tournament matchup, which ranks him first in all-time coaching victories at Ohio Northern and in the Ohio Athletic Conference.