William J. Robertson Nature Preserve connects locals to the outdoors

The view from atop “Mount Rittman” overlooking the entire reserve. The Lab is the red building in the foreground. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Logan.
Jonathan Logan, Science Editor

Mayor William Robertson, Jim Trogdon of Rittman, Ohio, and I, Jonathan Davis Logan, drive up to the water’s edge in a new electric golf cart. We stand on the shore of one of 13 ponds that cover the roughly 200-acre area now known as the William J. Robertson Nature Preserve. Just off to the west, the Morton Salt plant shadows the tree line. In 2018, Rittman, a city that straddles Portage and Wayne County northeast of Wooster, received a $2.6 million grant through the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund to restore the 200-acre brownfield land. A brownfield is any plot of land that was previously developed. Restoration of these sites has attracted funding and sparked pockets of environmental enthusiasm all across the United States in recent years. In the case of Rittman’s newest nature preserve, the land was once owned by a paper company that pumped excess pulp into the 13 ponds. Now, under supervision from Ohio’s Division of Wildlife and thanks to water quality monitoring, local residents can be seen enjoying the largest of the ponds via kayaks, canoes or paddleboards.

Mayor Robertson gestures around at the new gravel parking lot and a trail that loops into dense Ohio verdure to our right while elaborating on the two-and-a-half-year process of allocating the Clean Ohio funds to trail-clearing and other infrastructure projects such as the kayak launch jutting out into the water just before us. Long before the preserve opened in the fall of 2021, an army of hundreds of volunteers began the arduous task of establishing over seven miles of rustic and gravel hiking trails. Phragmites, an invasive aquatic reed, dominated the land once. Since 2018, with the help of volunteers, they have managed to wrest some control back from the invasive species and local wildlife is slowly but surely reclaiming the shores of each pond – some with varying degrees of success.

“The Lab” renovation progress. Mayor Robertson and Mr. Trogdon hope to turn it into an education center for all ages. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Logan.

The trails snake around and between the ponds like little levees rising above inundated rice fields. Mr. Trogdon, a graduate of the University of Akron and middle school science teacher, gazes around with a smile etched onto his face while pointing out boneset, a flower popular among monarch butterflies, or talking about one of 136 different species of birds that have been identified at the preserve; among them are a nesting pair of bald eagles and osprey. Robertson added his own ornithological observation on the trumpeter swans as they come into view on our left: “They’re a riot when they take off, their wings are eight feet. So, you can hear them fly up, then they start running on the water, and then they’re yelling the whole time too. It’s a real production.” After a short moment of silence where we were all taking in a different aspect of the biodiversity before us, Mayor Robertson, who graduated from Baldwin Wallace University, would point out each new trail dedicated to various local groups that had volunteered their time or money.

While the greens and reds and blues or yellows of a sulphur butterfly blurred by, I became fascinated by the ever-divisible complexity of nature, perplexed by the fact that I was actually in Ohio. There seemed to be a shared understanding between the three of us: we had all been missing something right beneath our noses for a long time. Following this train of thought, I asked the both of them what they would say to a room full of Wooster students about this place and engaging with the outdoors. Mr. Trogdon: “You guys are the last in your generation that can turn things around, in terms of climate change – we have to get young people involved.” Mayor Robertson echoed this sentiment, saying “appreciate what a group of people working towards a common goal can accomplish.”

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Logan.

After passing a few smaller ponds and turning south towards Mount Rittman, we stopped at a red building that was about halfway renovated. It was once a dilapidated building that allegedly housed an old transformer – along with many rodents. Morton Salt agreed to fund the total renovation of the building, which, when finished, will be a lab dedicated to educating K-12 students as well as any other groups interested in conducting scientific research on the ecosystem.

After driving atop Mount Rittman and taking in the view of the entire preserve, we drove back around smaller ponds where a family was catching butterflies and a flock of Canada Geese had joined the Trumpeter Swans. In the future, Mayor Robertson and Mr. Trogdon hope that the nature preserve will continue to engage and educate young minds. 

Scotlight: Features Editors

Features editors Emilie Eustace ’24 and Emma Shinker ’24 interview each other about college, fun and their positions at the Voice.

Can you introduce yourself? 

Emilie: Hey! I am Emilie Eustace, a junior Psychology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies double major. I use she/her pronouns. I am from Pioneer, OH. 

Emma: Hi! My name is Emma Shinker. I use she/her pronouns and I am a junior English and History double major. I am from Lewis Center, OH. 

What activities are you involved in outside of classes?

Emilie: I am going into my second year of being co-editor of the Features section for the Voice. I am also a member of Delta Theta Psi and a tour guide on campus.

Emma: As you can tell, I am also co-editor of the Features section for the Voice. Additionally, I play the violin in the Wooster Symphony Orchestra and am a member of Wooster Activities Crew (WAC).

Do you have any advice for first-year students?

Emilie: I was so unprepared and did not use my resources nor my time properly during my first year. If I could go back, I definitely would have utilized APEX more and also just had more one-on-one meetings with my professors. It is so important to form relationships with both professors and peers, so do not be nervous to reach out when you need it. Also, enjoy your time…do something fun, pick up new hobbies and be the best version of yourself that you can be (corny, I know). 

Emma: It might be cliché, but my advice is to make sure you venture out of your comfort zone, even just a little bit. As an introvert, this is really hard advice for me to follow sometimes, especially when it comes to putting myself in social situations, but it’s always been worth it. Besides orchestra, none of the clubs I’m involved with are things I thought I would do when I began college, but they’ve all been great experiences.

In a trivia game, what category would you dominate?

Emilie: If I am being completely honest, trivia is not my strong suit. I do not work well under pressure. Reality TV is my guilty pleasure, however, and I am confident in my ability to answer any question about the Kardashians. 

Emma: I think my answer has to be Taylor Swift. I’ve loved her music for a long time and I think it would be fun to test myself on how well I actually know it. I also have a lot of random knowledge about books so I think I could do pretty well in a literature category.

What do you enjoy most about the Voice?

Emilie: The Voice has proven to be a great community on campus. My favorite thing about the Voice is that it keeps me constantly informed about what is happening on campus. Since working for the Voice, I have started to attend more events that I ever had before and am also much more informed on campus and student struggles and successes. 

Emma: I also think the Voice has been a great way to stay informed about what is going on around campus. I started at Wooster in 2020 during the height of COVID so, like many of us, I spent a lot of time feeling very disconnected. I like that my position here not only makes me feel closer to the community, but that it can help other students, staff, faculty and visitors feel the same way.

What is your favorite event that you have covered for the Features section?

Emilie: I loved the opportunity to cover Ubuntu, an event put on annually by the African Students Union (ASU). It was the first ASU event that I attended at the College, and it was incredible. It also allowed me to reach out to a lot of new people and ask about different experiences people have on and off campus. This event was eye-opening, as well as super fun to attend. 

Emma: I don’t remember if this was for the Features section, but I (unsurprisingly) had the most fun covering Taylor Swift night at the Underground (UG) last year. I also enjoyed covering the first meeting of the Disability Advocacy & Support Alliance (DASA) — everyone was excited to be there and passionate about the new group’s goals, so it was a cool experience.

Please feel free to reach out to either of us at eeustace24@wooster.edu or eshinker24@wooster.edu if you are interested in writing for the Features section of the Voice. We are always looking for new writers that are passionate about campus events! 

A Weekend That Never Disappoints: Black and Gold

Image of the Class of 2026, surrounded by family and faculty, on the stairs of the Arch (Photo courtesy of @wooinsider)
Sara Wesolek, Contributing Writer
Emilie Eustace, Features Editor

The sun shone, bagpipes blared and a community gathered. This past weekend, the Wooster campus was full of alumni, parents and families during the annual Black and Gold Weekend festivities. This is always an incredible time for members of The College of Wooster community to gather together and reflect on old memories while making new ones. The festivities this year included a chorus concert, many athletic events, different presentations by APEX and the college administration, networking and happy hours galore. 

The weekend got off to a great start with a performance on Friday by the Wooster Chorus, directed by Dr. Lisa Wong. The theme of the performance was mental healing and growth, and the five songs the choir performed filled the audience with a sense of renewal. In between songs, Dr. Wong said the choir practiced for a mere three weeks prior to the concert. Their mastery of the music was impressive, and every member should be proud of their performance. Much of the audience was brought to tears at some point during the concert. The songs beautifully followed the theme of healing, a perfect transition from the work week to Black and Gold Weekend. 

The choir ended their performance with “Dwell in the House.” The song is a classic for the Wooster Chorus, and it was evident the chorus alumni in attendance appreciated the song by the collective gasp when the song was announced. The chorus exited the stage as a group when they finished, signaling the end of the concert and the beginning of a great weekend. 

On Sunday morning, the Class of 2026 eagerly gathered on the steps of Kauke facing the Oak Grove for a class picture. Families joined to watch and listen as Interim President Wayne Webster and Dr. Lisa Perfetti, provost and professor of French and Francophone Studies, gave welcoming speeches to all in attendance. 

Then, the Wooster Pipe Band led the students through the Arch to the President’s house, one of the many traditions the class of 2026 will experience. This tradition represents first-years entering a new chapter of their lives. While they may be leaving loved ones behind, they are not alone in their journey. They have fellow first-years, staff and an entire community of students to support them. When they graduate, they will walk back through the Arch into the Oak Grove where every graduating class plants a tree. The march back through Kauke represents the graduates joining the alumni network. 

Rachel Applebaum ’26 commented that the march made her excited for her first year at Wooster and the other traditions, such as filling the Arch with snow. She said the march solidified her sense of belonging in the College. Although there were initially sad reactions to the march being postponed from move-in weekend, the sunshine on Sunday made up for it. It was a high-spirited beginning to the year.

The weekend was so jam-packed that it was impossible to attend every event offered. Black and Gold is always a beaming time on campus. As we are still amidst the pandemic, it is great to see students from previous years have the opportunity to take a break from their everyday lives and relive some of the best parts of their college days. Seeing alumni reminisce, bond and develop relationships with one another and with current students reminds everyone of the community fostered at Wooster.

College struggles to retain tenure-tracked faculty, raising concerns

Ethan Sieber, News Editor

As the 2022 fall semester got underway, many students saw a surprising number of new faces leading their departments. Staffing and labor shortages are problems that the entire United States has had to contend with since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and The College of Wooster is no stranger to these struggles. While the College continues to grapple with the issues of how to operate its usual cleaning and dining services in the face of global pandemic, issues with staffing remain apparent. The College ultimately chose to outsource many of its services, to ask for volunteers to help keep campus running and did its best to seek out solutions that minimized the strain and change for students. While these problems may seem to be new by-products of the recent pandemic, others allege that they have deeper roots than initially thought.

Staff and faculty turnover are issues that various departments on campus have seen fairly regularly for the latter part of the decade. While many professors left for personal reasons, such as remaining close to family, others allegedly left due to issues they encountered while at The College of Wooster. Though evidence is anecdotal, these issues included higher compensation from competing colleges and universities, better institutional support and a more inclusive climate for faculty. Each of these factors is believed to have a negative impact on faculty morale.

Professors at the College raised concerns over morale to the Board of Trustees at previous faculty meetings. “We explained the survey that we took of faculty [morale] and walked [the trustees] through some of its more startling findings,” an alleged report published in the agenda of the August meeting for the Joint Faculty Relations and Conference with Trustees Committee read, “There was a sense that perhaps not all of the members of FRC had read the document before our meeting.”

Current faculty turned to the Board of Trustees to address the concerns with both the campus climate and faculty morale, but the results from the Conference Committee dampened hopes of change. “I have always been very impressed by, and grateful for, the dedication and careful stewardship of the College’s trustees,” said Dr. Jennifer Hayward, the current Department Chair of English. “But recent updates from the Conference Committee are concerning.” Dr. Hayward, a faculty member whose department saw unusual turnover over the past decade, asked for a more active role from the trustees regarding these issues. “The trustees, as stewards of the College, have a central role to play in taking those steps [necessary for change],” Dr. Hayward said, “In light of the crisis in faculty and staff retention, I encourage trustees to work with the Conference Committee to address the concerns raised in the report on faculty morale.”

The issues regarding campus climate and compensation packages forced faculty to choose between the community they love and the support that they need. “Staff and faculty alike choose Wooster because we love working with students, and we are working together to do all we can to provide continuity and support to students,” said Dr. Hayward, “…but that work is becoming increasingly difficult.”

Despite these issues, staff, faculty and students remain hopeful that the College of Wooster can  improve to be a more inclusive and supportive environment.

Badfinger- A Band Troubled Through Time

Zach Napora

Trigger Warning – Suicide

Badfinger, originally named The Ivies, started as one of the best and most promising British groups of the late 60s. They were the first band ever signed to the Beatles’ Apple Records label and they enjoyed the patronage and mentorship of the legendary group early in their career. Their first song to reach the top 10 on the British and American charts, “Come and Get It,” was written by Paul McCartney. After they released this song, the group decided to change their name. They chose Badfinger as a reference to “Bad Finger Boogie” which was an early reference to the Beatles song “With a Little Help from My Friends,” written about John Lennon injuring his finger while playing that song. However, George Harrison would later claim the band was named after Helga Fabdinger, a stripper the Beatles met in Hamburg.

During the early 70s, the band, composed of vocalist and guitarist Pete Ham, vocalist and bassist Tom Evans, guitarist Joey Molland and drummer Mike Gibbons, released some of their best and most successful work. One of the standout tracks from their esteemed 1971 album “Straight Up” is “Baby Blue.” In it, Pete Ham sings about wanting his “Dixie back,” referencing singer Dixie Armstrong. Hiding behind this yearning rock ballad is a depth of feeling in the vocals that suggests a deeper level of pain. Despite this song having been released almost fifty years ago, when it was featured in the “Breaking Bad” finale, it charted in the UK once again, showing just how relevant the band’s music still is. Another standout track, released in 1973, is “Apple of My Eye.” Just 10 seconds in, the pure and vulnerable words mix with a powerful guitar riff to create a hauntingly beautiful sound. The bittersweet effect of the song is compounded by the reminder of how much better this band could have gotten had they been given time together. Unfortunately, they remain one of music’s biggest what-ifs.

The downfall of Badfinger has a singular pantomime villain – their manager Stan Polley. Although Polley initially seemed like the perfect mix of power and ambition to harness Badfinger’s newfound success, he quietly began reorganizing the finances to take complete control. Panic began to set in for group leader Ham after two months of checks bouncing, especially because he had just bought a new house and was expecting a daughter. All his attempts to contact Polley were met with silence. On April 23, 1975, Ham took his own life, leaving behind a note that read, “Stan Polley is a soulless bastard. I will take him with me.” Unfortunately, that was just the beginning of the group’s tragedies. Tom Evans died by suicide in 1983 following another dispute over the band’s financial troubles, and Mike Gibbons died of a brain aneurysm in 2005. They leave behind a legacy of often misremembered or even completely forgotten work. While Badfinger unquestionably benefited from working with the Beatles, they are often thought of only as the Beatles’ prodigies who never lived up to their potential. While you could be forgiven for mistaking a Badfinger song for a Beatles one, there is a dark richness in the vocals and accompanying instruments that makes Badfinger one of a kind.

Students share their perspectives on COVID-19 Isolation amid outbreak

Holly Shaum, Staff Writer

As COVID-19 cases drop throughout the county, the College eases their mask mandates in the majority of campus spaces. According to the College’s community task-force, the campus’ daily positivity rate is 1.5%, and the weekly positivity rate for campus was 2.7% from Sept. 11 to Sept. 17. Due to these positivity rates, masks will be required in the Longbrake Student Wellness Center and College of Wooster transportation. Additionally, faculty and staff may continue to require masks in their classrooms and personal office as they deem necessary. Any students that receive a positive result when testing should make plans to isolate in place and contact Longbrake Student Wellness Center either through their individual health portal or call 330-263-2319. In order to gain a broader perspective on how the campus body has dealt with COVID-19, the Voice interviewed several students that had recently spent time in isolation.

Henry Pellegrin ’23

How many days did you spend in isolation?

“Starting Friday evening so… six days.”

Do you live in a double or a single?

“Double.”

What was the situation like with your roommate? How did you go about dealing with one person being sick?

“My roommate was asked to just stay in the room. He went about his day normally. We’d wear masks whenever we were in the room at the same time. Though he has a girlfriend who lives near us so he thought it best if he spent the night with his girlfriend, and so he was technically still living [in our room], but he didn’t spend that much time there.”

Did you have a friend or somebody who was a “point of contact” person to bring you food? How did that situation work for you?

“So, you get $50 a day for Grubhub. [I] occasionally had some friends drop some stuff off outside my door that they picked up in the C-Store, but I think that only happened once or twice.”

So overall, [it took you] about 6 days to recover?

“Well, here’s the thing, I was asymptomatic the whole time. I tested negative on my second day of quarantine. I tested negative every day after that [but] they wouldn’t let me out. They made me wait till Day 6.”

Were you able to catch up on coursework?

“I was able to stay on top of it. My professors were pretty understanding and luckily it was kind of an off week for me in terms of stressors and commitments, so that was nice… it kind of lined up that I didn’t have that much due.”

Bowen Ault ’25

How many days did you spend in isolation? 

“I was in quarantine for about 6 days.”

If you have a roommate(s), how did you go about dealing with one person being sick?

“My roommate and I tested positive on the same day, so we quarantined in our dorm room in Holden.”

Did you have a friend or somebody who was a “point of contact” person to bring you necessities?

“I was able to get a friend to grab deliveries for me for most of my meals but had to go and grab them myself a few times.”

Did the College provide you with a Grubhub account for meals?

“I was provided with a Grubhub account for meals, and the college was in close contact with me to make sure it functioned correctly.”

What was the severity of your symptoms?

“I never ran a fever and mostly just had some phlegm. If my roommate hadn’t tested positive, I would’ve assumed I had a cold and gone on with my life.”

Were you able to catch up on coursework?

“I was able to do all my work online without much difficulty.”

Cracking the Seal on Ebert Art Center’s Display of Containers

Photo of an early 20th century Pueblo jar (Olla) on display at the Ebert Art Center (Photo courtesy of Matt Dilyard)
Elizabeth Heatwole, Contributing Writer

The Ebert Art Center’s latest exhibition, titled “Contained: The Art of Holding it Together,” centers around objects that hold the pieces of daily life. Sourced entirely from Wooster’s own art collection, “Contained” explores society’s relationship with containers through social, economic and cultural perspectives. 

Bowls, plates, tea kettles and chests are displayed throughout the Sussel Gallery, and as one winds their way through Roman glassware and ornately patterned plates, a small but mighty sliver of human history is imbibed. From youth to old age, the included containers track human progression. One display of dishes was intended solely for a burial chamber. I attended the exhibition’s grand opening on Sept. 6 and became entranced with the history behind each object’s surface beauty. Upon entering the gallery, I was greeted first by a small figurine, which I believed was nothing more than a small keepsake box. However, when informed that it served the religious purpose of holding a prayer of its late Buddhist owner, the object assumed a new meaning, as did the seemingly simplistic concept of containers. 

Ranging from approximately 1500 BCE to the mid-1980s, the wide timespan of pieces creates an intimate capsule that explores modern society’s connection to the past. So, too, is The College of Wooster’s past touched on. Since “Contained” was developed using objects already owned by the College museum, the exhibition also serves as a timeline for the faculty and alumni travels that resulted in the acquisition of the art pieces. “A lot were objects sent back to the States by missionaries. The fishbowl was a gift from an alumnus, Robert Kah, and was part of the Chinese pavilion at the World’s Fair in 1933,” Dr. Wardle, the museum’s curator and director, excitedly shared. Summarizing, Dr. Wardle added, “These tell beautiful stories about generosity and alumni.” 

Events related to the exhibition are being held throughout the months of September, October and November. Referencing one event, D Brock Newcom ’26 said, “My opportunity to see the exhibit was after a tea tasting event, so I naturally gravitated towards the teapots. Each one represented different styles, each with their own charm.” From stone wine vessels to a floral fishbowl with a storied past, both past and present abound within “Contained: The Art of Holding it Together,” an exhibition celebrating the beauty of utilitarian objects and those who once enjoyed them. 

The exhibit runs until Dec. 9, 2022 and is located in the Sussel Gallery of the Ebert Art Center.

Six cars vandalized on campus in two-day span

Samuel Boudreau, Editor in Chief

If you have a car on campus, make sure to lock your doors. From Sept. 12 to Sept. 13, campus safety received six incident reports of items taken from unlocked cars, broken car windows and “unlocked cars rummaged through [but] nothing taken,” according to Campus Safety. “It is unclear if the car with the broken window is related or not since no other car had a broken  window(s),” said Joe Kirk, Director of Campus Safety. The incidents took place on Sept. 11 after 9 p.m. and Sept. 12 before 7 a.m. The stolen item incidents occured in the staff parking lot behind the student center (Lot 29) and the Andrews Hall (13) parking lots. The broken car window and a “rummaged” car incident also took place in the student center parking lot, as two “rummaged” car incidents took place in Bornhuetter Hall (Lot 42) and Andrews Hall (Lot 13). Regarding the broken-into cars, Kirk said that “It appears that the person was moving around the campus and rummaging through unlocked cars looking for money.” 

At Scot Council’s General Assembly meeting, Alexis Neal ’26 raised the concern that at least four cars have been broken into this semester and wishes to know what happens after students report these incidents to Campus Safety. “My car was actually broken into,” said Neal at the meeting. 

Kirk said that Campus Safety is in communication with the Wooster Police Department regarding the incidents and received a picture from a student of a community member in one of the College’s lots. “At this point,” said Kirk, “[the picture] is the only lead we have; these are all still open cases and as we look into it we hope more will develop.”  

“We are recommending that everyone make certain to lock their car doors and any valuables should be locked in the trunk if they must be in the car,” said Kirk. 

Bring us bagels, bring us life

Eli Cantrell, Contributing Writer

Bagels: the window to the soul. Existing since the 1600s, they’ve proved to be a long lasting and much loved source of sustenance. So why is Lowry Dining Center lacking so hard in the bagel game? 

It took time for the lovely bread circles to make their way into the new dining center’s regular options, but once present, they’ve proven insufficient to satisfy the cravings of Wooster’s ravenous students. Oftentimes, a hungry soul will find themselves faced with disappointment as they stare down an empty bagel case. Even worse? A delicious bagel, ruined only by a thin layer of mold. 

Lowry claims the title of “heartbreaker” as it leads students on with false promises of circular goodness. Let’s say you DO get your hands on a bagel though — your next challenge is a spread. Oftentimes students are left with a bagel, naked and exposed, with no tasty topping to fill out their meal. Peanut butter and other spread packets are increasingly limited as demand grows. 

With long lines and lukewarm meals, having a quick and accessible meal option is essential to the integrity of Lowry Dining Center. You can slice the bagel, butter it, make a sandwich, eat it plain, toss it in the toaster. A jack of all trades, yet so often understocked. 

I believe, from the deepest corners of my soul, that Lowry needs a proper bagel station in order to sustain the student body. I’m talking asiago cheese, cinnamon raisin, salt, pumpernickel, sesame seed — the whole nine yards. I want gallon tubs of peanut butter, butter, cream cheese and any schmear a hungry heart could desire. Imagine trudging in from a long wait in a rain-riddled line to the smell of fresh, warm bagels. Imagine slicing through the soft skin and into the delicious flesh to reveal a fresh canvas, waiting for your artistic eye to paint on your spread of choice. Perhaps you chose to toast it first, warming yourself from the inside out to counteract the hypothermia that’s starting to set in as you’re still dripping dry. Perhaps you keep it cool, focusing instead on the natural texture and taste of the beautiful little innertube. 

You deserve happiness. We all do. For $71,000 a year, we’ve earned a good selection of bagels. You could buy a three-motor Tesla Cybertruck with that money, or a small house in a big city, or a big house in a small town. Better yet, you could buy 35,500 bagels, and treat yourself to 97 bagels a day. 

Wooster students deserve a proper selection of bagels, and my soul will never rest until such a selection is achieved. Bring us bagels. Bring us life. 

Men’s Soccer Falls in Close Contest with Westminster

Eliot Barrengos, Contributing Writer
The men’s soccer team is optimistic that their hard work willl eventually pay off on the scoreboard, and players are emphasizing the importance of finishing goals to win games. Image courtesy of Wooster Athletics.

The fifth game of the men’s soccer season did not end in a victory, but the Fighting Scots remained resilient. The Scots, who entered the day looking to secure their first victory of the year, played a close game that seemed, at one moment, like it had the makings of a comeback. Unfortunately, the Scots fell to the Westminster Titans by a final score of 2-1 last Saturday afternoon. The game was scoreless throughout the first half thanks in large part to the work of junior goalkeeper Jason Prather ’24, who saved three shots in the first half, including a penalty kick, to keep the game knotted at 0-0.

The two teams traded blows in the second half, with Westminster drawing first blood on a goal by forward Tyler Caterino ’22 scored in the 67th minute. The Fighting Scots responded quickly to the deficit, with their lone goal scored by Elliot Miller ’26 just three minutes later. With 20 minutes of play remaining, Miller lined up at the top of the 18-yard box for a shot on goal. After scoring, he rushed to the corner of the field followed by his teammates as he leaped and punched the air in celebration. In a close game, the first-year starter had chosen a dramatic moment to score the first goal of his college career. Miller described the feeling as “pure joy” with his family in attendance, adding that, “it was special having them there and being able to pick them out in the stands after the goal.”

With just under 20 minutes left in a tied game, it seemed as though Wooster had a chance to secure their first win of the year, but Westminster would have the last laugh when Connor Schmidt ’25 secured the victory for the Titans with a goal in the 81st minute. Down by one with nine minutes to go, the Scots were not able to rally again to push the contest into overtime. Despite the tough loss, the attitude remained positive in the Scots’ locker room. As Prather put it, “we have dominated our games in the run of play. Now we need it on the scoreboard.” Miller described the effort on Saturday as “fantastic,” saying that, “everyone is putting 100% into each game …unfortunately, the results aren’t falling for us currently, but we are putting in the work at practice to get better as a team and prepare for Wednesday.”

To change the outcome in their future matches, the Scots will have to produce more offense. Wooster managed one goal on Saturday and has scored just four times all season. Overall, they have been outscored by their opponents 7-4. The players feel that their process is solid, but have not quite yet yielded the offense they need to finish off a win. Prather said he felt the team “played hard [and] “executed what we wanted in the broadest sense [but] lacked the finishing detail [we] really needed.” Miller added that the focus needs to be on “not only creating scoring opportunities but finishing them as well.”

Westminster’s rally means the Fighting Scots are still winless. The men’s soccer team has now dropped back-to-back games after losing to John Caroll last Thursday. After Saturday’s loss, Wooster’s record fell to (0-3-2). The season is still relatively young, and the mindset remains the same for the guys on the field. As Prather put it, “it’s a long season and, as much as we want that one back, we gotta keep pushing forward.” 

Wooster will have another chance in front of their home fans on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m.  against Defiance College. Come support the Scots as they play their Black and Gold Weekend match.