Having tasted success the past two weeks, coach Dan Kulp’s charges liked the good vibes they feel on the bench, in practice, and in school hallways.
They weren’t about to let go of that sensation without a fight. Facing Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division foe Keystone, Oberlin jumped ahead early and never let the Wildcats back into the match.
The Phoenix amassed five goals in the first half, en route to a 7-3 victory.
Attacker John Elrod led all scorers with four tallies, while Julian Cross added two and Thayer Preston one. In the net, Jan Luca Hunting collected seven saves on the afternoon.
“The boys have really started to appreciate what it takes to win on any given day,” said Kulp. “Their commitment to the team and hard work has really paid off on this nice streak.”
On Monday, the team took a quick break from the conference schedule to square off against the Open Door Patriots. Despite controlling much of the play in the first half, Oberlin surrendered a bad-bounce goal, was unable to solve the Patriot’s netminder (who finished the afternoon with more than 20 saves), and went into the break down 1-0.
The second half proved to be more of the same with the Phoenix controlling play but unable finish successfully. High shots, wide shots, at-em shots, crossbar, post — you name it, Oberlin had it.
Finally, in the 77th minute, Preston broke free up the right side and placed a touch down low, just inside the far post to provide the equalizer. Oberlin challenged again in the final minute but came up empty.
The result was a 1-1 draw.
Oct. 11 is Senior Day. The squad will host PAC Stripes foe and perennial power Columbia.