Men's Soccer: Ohio Northern (0-0-0 Overall) at Lake Forest (Ill.) (0-0-0 Overall)/North Central (Ill.) (0-0-0 Overall)

Men's Soccer: Ohio Northern (0-0-0 Overall) at Lake Forest (Ill.) (0-0-0 Overall)/North Central (Ill.) (0-0-0 Overall)

Friday, August 30, 2019, 5:30 p.m. - Farwell Field, Lake Forest, Ill.
Sunday, September 1, 2019, 2 p.m. - Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, Naperville, Ill.

This Weekend's Preview: The Ohio Northern men's soccer program will begin its 2019 campaign this weekend when the team travels to the state of Illinois ... Northern will battle Lake Forest (Ill.) at Farwell Field in Lake Forest, Ill., Friday at 5:30 p.m. … ONU turns around and plays North Central (ill.) at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium in Naperville, Ill., Sunday at 2 p.m. … The Polar Bears laid claim to a 13-7-2 overall record in 2018, which included a 4-5 mark within the Ohio Athletic Conference … The team finished in a tie for fifth in the final OAC standings but advanced to the conference tournament title game where it fell in penalty kicks to John Carroll … Interim head coach Chris Matejka welcomes back 20 varsity letter winners to the roster this season … Junior Beelal Hasan headlines the roster offensively, as he's coming off a season that saw him net a team-high 15 goals en route to being named first-team All-OAC … Reigning OAC Freshman of the Year Levi King comes back having scored 10 goals — second-best on the squad — during his inaugural season in Ada … Sophomore All-OAC second-team selection Jacob Westercamp anchors the defensive side of things, and junior Jimmy Walkinshaw rounds out the All-OAC honorees as he reeled in honorable mention distinction a season ago … Sophomore goaltender John Lombardo returns in net after recording a 9-4 record in 13 starts with four shutouts. 

ONU Returning Statistical Leaders (2018):

  Goals       Assists       Points       Saves       GAA  
1. Hasan 15    1. King 8    1. Hasan 36    1. Lombardo 47    1. Lombardo 1.13
2. King 10   2. Bachwitz   2. King 28                
3. 2 Tied  3   2.  Hasan 6   3. 2 Tied 8                

Series Record: This weekend will mark the first time in school history that the Polar Bears have played either Lake Forest  or North Central. 

Interim Head Coach Chris Matejka: Matejka enters his first season as the interim head coach of the Ohio Northern men's soccer program. He was an assistant coach with the Polar Bears the last six years.