Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Huelsman off to good start in his sophomore year at Ohio Northern

Wellington’s Christian Huelsman has helped the No. 11th ranked Ohio Northern men's soccer team get off to a 2-0 start.

In a 7-0 victory over Bridgewater (Va.) in the Roanoke Tournament Friday night, Huelsman scored a goal and assisted on two others.

Last week in the season opener, Huelsman scored a goal in a 2-0 victory at Manchester (Ind.).

Huelsman scored on a penalty kick with 1:05 left in the first half to break a scoreless tie and send the Polar Bears into intermission with a 1-0 lead.

Last year in his freshman season, Huelsman started all 27 games and led the Polar Bears with 18 goals and eight assists. He also helped lead Ohio Northern to its first-ever trip to the elite-8 in the NCAA tournament.

Huelsman and the Polar Bears finished the season with an impressive 20-6-1 record and defeated Marietta, 3-0 in the finals to qualify for the NCAA tournament.

In the first round of the playoffs, they defeated Wheaton (Illinois), 4-1 and in second round action they beat Carroll (Wisconsin), 2-1 in two overtimes, and got by previously unbeaten Hobart (New York), 2-1 to make it to the Elite-8 for the first time in school history. A 4-1 loss to Loras (Iowa) ended their dreams of a Final Four and a national championship.

Huelsman broke the school-record for most goals by a freshman, while being selected first-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference, along with second team All-GLIAC.

Huelsman was originally a ball boy on Wellington’s soccer team before, stamping a legacy as a player by becoming the all-time leading scorer in Dukes’ history.

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