GAMBIER — Philippe Stengel scored twice as the 20th-ranked (United Soccer Coaches) Kenyon College men’s soccer team earned a 2-0 victory against The College of Wooster Tuesday afternoon in a North Coast Athletic Conference match.
The Lords improved to 10-1-1 and 4-0 in conference play while the Fighting Scots dropped to 4-6-2 and 0-3-1.
Kenyon was sluggish in the first half, as it did not create many offensive opportunities. By halftime, Wooster actually outshot the Lords by a 6-5 count.
Despite not playing as well as they wanted, the Lords did secure a 1-0 lead about 11 minutes into the game.
A long clearance near the spectator’s seats was fought for by Brice Koval and then picked up off deflection by Stengel. The junior then dashed into the right side of the box and fired over Wooster keeper Will Collis into the left corner.
The Fighting Scots had three shots on goal after that, including one that nearly tied the match. With less than 20 seconds left, the Lords turned the ball over near the top of the 18 and watched as Jack Giloth shot. That attempt, though, was denied by Ian McInturf who secured three saves in the half.
In the second stanza, the Lords put their foot down and controlled things.
Nearly 10 minutes in, Kenyon doubled its lead. Koval picked up a long pass along the far sideline, drove near the right post and passed to a wide-open Stengel who finished. It was his fifth goal of the season.
Wooster’s closest chance at a goal came with about five minutes remaining after a shot from Paolo Nunes near the left post. That was the visitor’s only on-target attempt of the half as it turned out.
Kenyon will look to remain unbeaten in NCAC competition when it hosts Hiram College Saturday at 3:30 p.m.