Saturday, September 29, 7 p.m. - Kerscher Stadium, Ada, Ohio
This Saturday's Preview: The Ohio Northern men's soccer program raises the curtain on its 2018 Ohio Athletic Conference regular season schedule Saturday, September 29 when they welcome Marietta to Kerscher Stadium in Ada ... The conference opener is slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff ... Last season, Ohio Northern finished the conference season with a 5-3-1 record to finish tied for third in the league standings ... The Polar Bears sport a 7-2-1 overall record entering league play after a strong non-conference schedule performance this year, which includes a current six-match win streak dating back to a Wednesday, September 12 victory over #19 Ohio Wesleyan ... In the team's most recent outing, Northern upended Adrian (Mich.) 2-0 on the road at Docking Stadium in Adrian, Michigan ... Senior back Michael Bringard would find the scoresheet in the seventh minute of the non-conference matchup, scoring what would be the eventual game-winner in the match ... Following the senior's first brace of the 2018 season, sophomore defender Beelal Hasan found the net for his team-leading ninth goal of the season, extending his current scoring streak to three matches ... The goal also gives Hasan the team lead in total points this season with 20 ... In net, freshman goalkeeper John Lombardo captured his second consecutive clean sheet and fifth straight win while making one save ... At the conference level, Hasan ranks tied for second in total shots (35), tied for third goals (9), and fourth in points (20) ... Freshman Levi King, who leads the team in helpers this season (6), and senior Anthony DeNoi (4) sit second and fifth on the OAC assist leader chart, respectively ... King also stands fifth in points (18) and in total shots (28) ... Lombardo is currently third in goals against (4) and second in goals against average (0.84) ... The Pioneers enter the conference season with a 6-3-0 overall record, having won their last four matches ... Most recently, Marietta defeated Hiram 3-1 on Tuesday, September 25 at home ... Marietta is led offensively by senior Tom Sloan and sophomore Robert Phillips, who have each recoded four goals in 2018 ... Junior Trevor Dykstra has guided the goalkeeper unit this season with six starts, 21 saves, a 1.65 GAA, and a pair of shutouts.
ONU Statistical Leaders:
|3.||DeNoi||3||3.||5 Tied w/||2||3.||DeNoi||10||3.||Dunnavant||1||3.||Dunnavant||2.91|
All-Time Series: The Polar Bears own a 21-13-2 all-time series advantage over the Pioneers entering Saturday evening's conference affair ... The two teams met twice during the 2017 season in back-to-back matches to conclude the regular season slate and again in the first round of the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament ... The two sides would battle to a 1-1 tie during the regular season meeting while Marietta claimed the first-round tournament matchup 1-0 at Kerscher Stadium.
Head Coach Brent Ridenour: Ridenour is currently in his 21st season guiding the Ohio Northern men's soccer program … He owns a 302-117-35 (.704) overall record entering Saturday's matchup, which ranks him first in all-time coaching victories at Ohio Northern and in the Ohio Athletic Conference ... He became the first ONU soccer coach (men's or women's) to reach the 300 career coaching wins plateau Friday, September 21 in a 5-1 victory over Anderson (Ind.).