OWU Men’s Soccer on German Tour

Men’s Soccer Opens German Tour

8/2/2017 6 PM

The Ohio Wesleyan men’s soccer team opened its tour of Germany this week.

After landing in Germany on Tuesday (Aug. 4), the Battling Bishops went on a tour of the Rhein River, boating from St. Goar to Bingen, before driving to Baumholder, the team’s base of operations for the trip.

On Wednesday, the regional and city mayors of Baumholder, a sister city of Delaware, officially welcomed the team in a ceremony at the town hall, and the team then went on a walking tour of Baumholder that included the remaining section of wall from when Baumholder was a walled city, the town’s legendary 300-year-old linden tree, and traditional team photos at the old town hall and the restored guard tower.

The afternoon brought a stop at the U.S. Army base at Baumholder, the largest U.S. base in Europe, at which the Bishops presented a clinic for the children on the base, followed by a tour of the base itself.

Finally, the team headed to Oberkirchen to open its playing schedule with a friendly against the U-19 team of FC Saarbrücken. Against strong competition, the Bishops twice took leads before playing to a 2-2 tie. Sophomore midfielder Will Sharer (Avon) put Ohio Wesleyan on the scoreboard by knocking home the rebound of a free kick by freshman forward Brady Whittekind (Hilliard/Bradley). Saarbrücken evened the game with a free kick inside the left post.

The Bishops again took the lead late in the second half when senior back Nick Norman (Cincinnati/Oak Hills) made a run along the right end line and centered the ball to freshman midfielder Nathan Trinh (Dublin/Scioto), who finished the chance, making it 2-1, but Saarbrücken got the equalizer shortly thereafter, however, and that was how the game ended.

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Men’s Soccer Continues German Tour

8/4/2017 5:30 PM

The Ohio Wesleyan men’s soccer team continued its tour of Germany this week.

On Thursday, the Battling Bishops went on a tour of Trier, the oldest city in Germany and one of the largest clities in the Roman Empire. The basilica at Trier dates back to Roman times, and there are ruins of Roman baths in the city.

The team then returned to Baumholder and played a pair of friendlies, with the Bishops defeating VfR Baumholder, 1-0, on a goal by freshman forward Jarrod Ferstl (Dayton/Centerville) in the waning minutes of the contest.

In the nightcap, Ohio Wesleyan faced FC Kaiserslautern’s U-19 team. The teams played to a scoreless tie at the half, but Kaiserslautern scored in the opening minutes of the second half and went on to record a 3-0 victory.

Friday saw the Bishops travel to Köln, where the team visited the Kölner Dom cathedral (Höhe Domkirche Sankt Petrus), which dates back to 1248 and is one of the most-visited sites in Europe.

That evening, Ohio Wesleyan took on a collection of players from the U-19 and U-23 teams of FC Viktoria Köln in another friendly. The hosts took the lead on a rebound goal from point-blank range midway through the first half, added a goal during the final seconds of the first half, and went on to record a 3-0 win.

Men’s Soccer Continues German Tour

8/6/2017 4:30 PM

The Ohio Wesleyan men’s soccer team continued its tour of Germany this week.

After a stretch that included 4 games in 3 days, the Battling Bishops turned their attentions to learning about and watching soccer.

On Saturday, Ohio Wesleyan visited the German Fußball museum in Dortmund, learning about the history of German soccer and its place in German culture.

That evening, the team attended the Supercup 2017 championship game between FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund, watching FC Bayern München tie the game in the final minutes of play and then win on penalty kicks before a sellout crowd of 81,360.

On Sunday, the Bishops took in the third-place and championship games of the EMKA Ruhr-Cup International, a tournament of U-19 teams. The third-place game matched FC Schalke 04 against Budapest, and the championship game featured BVB Dortmund and Real Madrid.

Ohio Wesleyan then returned to Baumholder, stopping on the way to take in a game between VfR Baumholder and SV Heimbach, before a team dinner in Baumholder.

Men’s Soccer Continues German Tour

8/10/2017 7:20 AM

The Ohio Wesleyan men’s soccer team continued its tour of Germany this week.

On Monday morning, the Bishops took a day trip to Heidelberg, where the team had a tour of the castle and some time in the old downtown.

That afternoon, Ohio Wesleyan went to Brücken for a game against FC Brücken, which the Bishops won by a 3-0 count. Senior back Nick Norman (Cincinnati/Oak Hills) put the Bishops on the scoreboard with a goal midway through the first half. Freshman back Joe Brush (Lawrenceburg, Ind./East Central) converted a penalty kick during the final minutes of the period, and junior midfielder David Robinett (Cincinnati/Indian Hill) wrapped up the scoring with a goal late in the second half.

Tuesday saw the team travel to Munich, then take a short trip to Dachau to visit the memorial and museum.

That evening, Ohio Wesleyan played its final game of the trip, taking on FC Ismaning. Ismaning, playing a combination of players from its top team and its U-20 team, held off the Bishops, 3-2. Norman connected on a header off a corner kick in the closing minutes of the first half to wipe out a 1-0 deficit, but the hosts opened the second half with a pair of goals to take the lead. Freshman back Charles Branche III (Washington, D.C./Landon (Md.) School) brought Ohio Wesleyan within 3-2 with a header off a free kick shortly thereafter, but the Bishops could not come up with the equalizer.

On Wednesday, the team traveled to southern Bavaria to tour the Hohenschwangau castle and see the Neuschwanstein castle.

The team remained in Munich on Thursday and took a tour of Allianz Arena, the 75,000-capacity home of FC Bayern München.

Men’s Soccer Concludes German Tour

8/13/2017 4:30 PM

The Ohio Wesleyan men’s soccer team concluded its tour of Germany on Sunday evening.

On Friday, the team returned from Munich to Baumholder. Members of the team spent Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon with their host families before converging at the Baumholder youth center for a farewell ceremony late Sunday afternoon.

Special recognition was bestowed upon families who have hosted Ohio Wesleyan students on each trip since 1990, and gifts were exchanged between the team and community leaders, including regional mayor Bernd Alshasser and city mayor Günther Jung. A farewell dinner followed, with chefs creating a local speciality of stuffed dumplings in a mobile kitchen.

The team was scheduled to return to Delaware on Monday (Aug. 14).

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The OWU men’s soccer team takes in a professional game in Germany while on tour.
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