Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, 3:30 p.m., Zuidema Field, Grand Rapids, Michigan - NCAA Div. III Tournament - First Round
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Friday's Preview: The Ohio Northern men's soccer team will travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the first round of the NCAA Tournament … The Polar Bears, after receiving an at-large bid, will take on St. Norbert (Wis.) at 3:30 p.m. at Zuidema Field … ONU is making its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its first since 2016 … Northern owns an 11-8-1 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament ... The Polar Bears finished the 2019 regular season at 13-6-2 overall and 5-3-1 in Ohio Athletic Conference play … ONU last took the field in the OAC Tournament quarterfinals where they fell to Marietta 2-0 in Ada … Northern is averaging two goals per game and allowing 1.1 scores per contest … Sophomore Levi King, who was named first-team All-OAC, paces ONU with nine goals in 2019 … Junior Beelal Hasan, who also earned first-team All-OAC, and sophomore Seth Gundlach, a second-team All-OAC selection, have added seven goals apiece … Senior Luke Fickenworth and junior Jimmy Walkinshaw, who were both named honorable mention All-OAC, have netted three goals each … Sophomore goaltender John Lombardo, who reeled in a second-team All-OAC award, has registered 68 saves with eight shut outs this season … St. Norbert — which is making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2016 — gained entrance into the NCAA Tournament by way of defeating Knox College in the Midwest Conference Championship game … The Green Knights — who have won seven in a row, own a 16-4-2 overall record — average 2.2 goals per game and surrender 0.8 scores per contest … Seth Boldt paces St. Norbert offensively with 12 goals in 2019 … Josh Koleske has played 13 games in net, logging 29 saves and two shut outs, while Ben Holtzen has played nine games in goal, registering three shut outs.
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Series Record: Ohio Northern and St. Norbert have never met before.
Interim Head Coach Chris Matejka: Matejka is in 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.