Kenyon College used their nationally ranked scoring attack to defeat the Maryville College Scots 3-0 in Gambier, Ohio during the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship.
Kenyon would get on the board in the first five minutes of action, as an own goal hindered the Scots. Greg McNeer crossed into the box from the left side of the field, as the ball deflected off a Maryville College defender. The ball found the net on the unlucky deflection, as the Lords led 1-0 at the 4:10 mark.
Kenyon would have another key opportunity in the 10th minute, as the Scots' defense stood strong. Brice Koval launched a header from 6 yards off the right post, as it ricocheted back into the middle of the box. Philippe Stengel collected the rebound, as the Scots blocked his attempt from close range to keep the score at 1-0.
Maryville would hold the remainder of the half, as Kenyon posted a total of five shots. USA South Keeper of the Year Ryan Jorgensen turned the only shot on frame by the Lords' offense in the half.
The Scots tallied a trio of shots of their own in the first half, as Austin Vinyard's and Kai Miettinen's attempts sailed wide. Chris Fernandez saw his shot blocked by the Lords, as MC's defense held for the 1-0 score at the half.
The match became physical later in the second half, as a total of 10 fouls and two yellow cards were issued. Kenyon was called for a pair of offside penalties in the first 45 minutes, as they had one corner kick.
Kenyon would get the 2-0 lead in the 53rd minute. The Lords took a trio of shots that were blocked from within 10 yards. Stengel's attempt was just wide, as the Scots deflected it back to the middle of the box. Max Taylor wound up another shot from point blank, as it was blocked again by Maryville with Jorgensen diving to the right. Taylor collected his own rebound, right footing a low roller into the left corner at the 52:07 mark.
Kenyon came into the challenge ranked seventh in the country in scoring offense with 3.53 goals per contest.
The Lords added a third goal in the 79th minute when Collyn Carpenter directed a header from the center of the box for his second goal of the season.
Maryville was limited to only one second-half shot, none on goal as Kenyon advanced with a 17 shot, nine on goal offensive attack.
The loss ends the Scots' season at 14-4-1 while the Lords advance in the NCAA tournament with a 17-1-2 overall mark.
Kenyon will advance to host Carnegie Mellon who defeated Centre College 0-0 in penalty kicks.