Scots Too Much for Defiance, Win 4-0

The College of Wooster men's soccer team overwhelmed Defiance College Saturday afternoon, cruising past the Yellow Jackets by a count of 4-0 in non-conference action at Carl Dale Memorial Field.

Wooster (1-2-1) received an early lift from Karl Ruter, as the junior midfielder was part of two goals within the opening 20 minutes. First, in the 17th minute, he sent a free kick into the box where Brian Holmes directed it into the net, marking the sophomore forward's first career goal. Just 1:37 later, Ruter scored himself after receiving a low crossing pass from junior forward Scott Buckwald.

The host Fighting Scots would make it 3-0 right before halftime, as junior forward Davis Bates headed in a cross from classmate Chase Beach. Defiance (0-3) was held without a shot in the first half.

It was more of the same in the second, as Wooster ended up with a 23-4 shot advantage for the game. One of its 12 attempts that half also was on target, as Buckwald ran down a long pass from the backfield and turned it into a breakaway goal during the 88th minute.

With their one-goal, one-assist outings on Saturday, both Buckwald and Ruter have seven points for the season.

Goalies Taylor Takacs and Jordan O'Boyle combined for the shutout, with O'Boyle making two saves in the second half. Their counterpart, Mitch Livensparger, was credited with eight stops.

Next, the Scots are in action Wednesday at Otterbein College (1-1) at 4 p.m.