Big games ahead for Summit League men’s soccer teams

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Eastern midfielder Chad Hamler tries to beat two opponents to the ball in Eastern’s match against Purdue Fort Wayne on Sept. 3 at Lakeside Field. Eastern lost the match 1-0.

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor

The Eastern men’s soccer team had a nonconference match Wednesday afternoon, picking up a 1-0 win on the road against IUPUI. 

It was the first nonconference win of the season for the Panthers and their second win overall, improving their record to 2-9-1 on the season. 

A goal in the 77th minute from senior midfielder Chad Hamler was all the scoring Eastern would need for the match. 

IUPUI outshot Eastern 10-7 in the match, but the Panthers had 4 shots on goal while the Jaguars had just 2. 

Goalkeepers Chad Smith and Mac VanOudt each played a half with Smith getting the start. Each keeper made a save in the match. 

Eastern will not play another conference match until Oct. 30 against at Western Illinois with a home nonconference match against Belmont scheduled for Oct. 26. 

The rest of the Summit League men’s soccer teams will be in action on Saturday, including a matchup between the top-two teams in the conference. 

Here’s a quick look at each of Saturday’s matches. 

 

Omaha at St. Thomas, 1 p.m.

This match will see third-place Omaha travel to play last-place St. Thomas. The Mavericks are 2-1 in conference play this season and the Tommies are 0-4. 

Omaha has a pair of 2-goal scorers this season with Hugo Kametani and Malik Elmi, who are both tied for sixth in the Summit League in goals. Kametani ranks second in the conference in both shots and shots on goal. 

St. Thomas is led by Charlie Holton with 2 goals. Stu Sain ranks third in the conference with 3 assists. Tommies’ goalkeeper Tucker Mann leads the conference in saves per game and ranks second with a .758 save percentage. 

 

Western Illinois at Kansas City, 7 p.m.

This match will feature a pair of teams that picked up their first conference wins of the season on Oct. 16, with Western Illinois beating St. Thomas and Kansas City beating Eastern. 

Kansas City is now in fourth place while Western Illinois is tied for fifth. 

The Roos are led offensively by Vlad Jokic who is tied for third in the conference with 3 goals. They also have a pair of 2-goal scorers in Kazuki Kimura and Seth Kacich. 

The Leathernecks have scored 5 goals this season, the fewest in the Summit League, and each goal has been scored by a different player. 

 

Denver at Oral Roberts, 7 p.m.

This match will be a clash between the only two unbeaten teams in conference play this season. 

Oral Roberts is in first with a 3-0-1 record, one point ahead of 3-0 Denver. 

Both teams also received votes in the most recent NCAA poll, with Oral Roberts receiving 32 votes and Denver receiving one. 

Oral Roberts has scored the most goals in the Summit League (21) and allowed the least (9). It also has the top scorer in the conference in Dante Brigida. He has 8 goals, twice as many as the next-closest player. 

Oral Roberts goalkeeper Miles Motakef leads the conference in goals allowed and save percentage.

Denver also has two top-5 scorers. Lukas Fisher ranks second with 4 goals and Stefan DeLeone is tied for third with 3 goals. 

The Pioneers are the only other Summit League team besides Oral Roberts with a positive scoring margin this season. 

 

Adam Tumino can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]