September 23, 2015

It's 400 wins for Denison's men's coach, Rob Russo

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Ron Russo, Denison men's coach, reached the 400-win milestone in his 35th year on the sidelines.
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Denison junior Kennedy Kommor's goal 50 seconds into the second overtime period lifted the ninth-ranked Big Red to a 2-1 victory over Marietta on Wednesday night at Barclay-Thomsen Field.

Denison registered the only three shots in the first 10 minute extra session. Freshman Luis Zamora almost ended the game in the 99th minute when he redirected Jake Girardot's deflected shot toward the goal. However, the Pioneers' Tyler Sholl made an impressive save to keep it a 1-1 contest.

In the second overtime, sophomore Jasdeep Khaira knocked the ball away from a Marietta player and right to freshman Christian Keiper at the midfield stripe. After drawing three defenders, Keiper threaded a pass to Kommor just outside the box. The junior received the ball, made one touch and ripped a shot from 18-yards that snuck just inside the left post, bringing the Big Red bench to its feet as they rushed the field to mob Kommor.

Both teams had opportunities to net a goal in the opening period. Zamora sent a shot off the crossbar in the 22nd minute, while Keiper had a cross intercepted by defender Tyler Bro with 16 minutes left in the first half. Marietta's Andy Rolfes also had a chance to break the tie when he went 1-on-1 with goalie Jack Thomas. However, Thomas cut down the angle and forced Rolfes to push his shot wide of the goal.

Kommor finally broke the scoreless tie when he took a pass from Zamora and ripped a shot into the lower left corner. The junior's second goal of the year came at 40:30. Dylan McLean nearly tied the match with 62 seconds left in the half, but a sliding stop by Thomas kept McLean from finding the back of the net.

Marietta needed just one minute in the second half to erase the one goal deficit when Taylor Reasoner buried a header off an assist from Zach Johnson. Sholl almost single-handedly kept the Pioneers in the game, making six phenomenal saves in the second half. With less than 10 minutes to play, Sholl turned aside Keiper's attempt during a 3-on-2 odd-man rush. He also made a diving save on a Kommor shot in the 86th minute. Those key saves helped force the match into overtime.

The Big Red outshot Marietta 17-11 and held a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks. Denison committed 14 fouls and was issued one yellow card, while the Pioneers were booked twice and whistled for 11 infractions.

Kommor and Zamora co-led the Big Red with four shots apiece, while Keiper also had two attempts. Thomas picked up his third win of the year after making three saves in almost 101 minutes of work.

Brent Huck came off the bench to pace Marietta with four shots, while Sholl finished with 11 saves on the night.

With the win, DU improves to 7-0 on the season, while Marietta falls to 4-4. In addition to keeping their winning streak alive, Wednesday's victory also marked the 400th career win for head coach Rob Russo.  With the win, he becomes the 40th coach in the history of college men's soccer to join the 400-win club.  He currently ranks 10th in victories among active Division III head coaches and is 19th all-time in victories.

Denison will look to continue their winning ways on Saturday when they open North Coast Athletic Conference play against rival Ohio Wesleyan at 7 p.m.

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