Shoremen Go 1-0-2 Over Fall Break

unspecifiedBy Eric Botti

Elm Staff Writer

Washington College men’s soccer had three games in the past two weeks. On Saturday, Oct. 6, the Shoremen played home against Dickinson College, Tuesday, Oct. 9 they played away at Catholic University, and Sunday, Oct. 14 they traveled to Haverford College.

The first game against Dickinson ended in a draw in double overtime with a score of 1-1. Both goals were scored during the first half.

Dickinson took an early lead when they scored the first goal six minutes into the game. The Shoremen were able to tie the game with 25:43 left in the first half. Senior Christian Keller landed a goal in the net off a header by senior Brian Graham.

Although the game was tied, the Shoremen held a 14-6 shot lead over the Red Devils by halftime. In the second half of the game, Dickinson only made one shot on goal versus the Shoremen’s four. The Shoremen increased their overall lead of shots to 21-11 by the end of regulation play. Neither team was able to score so the game went into overtime.

Both teams took shots during both overtime periods, but strong defense on each side made it so no one was able to score, forcing a draw.

By the end of the game, the Shoremen still had the lead in shots 23-15 and a 4-3 lead in corner kicks. The Shoremen’s goalkeeper senior Josh Samuels was able to block all but one of Dickinson’s shots on goal with three saves.

Graham was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen of the Game for his performance on Saturday. This is the second straight tie for the Shoremen after their 0-0 tie versus McDaniel College last Saturday.

The game versus Catholic University ended 1-0 in overtime. Tuesday’s contest was rough for the Shoremen, even though WC has won over Catholic in the last three seasons. By the end of the game, the Shoremen had only taken one shot compared to Catholic’s 23. The eight saves that Samuels was able to make were not enough, as with 1:15 left in the overtime period the opponent was able to make one goal.

This marked the third straight game the Shoremen played into overtime.

Catholic’s Head Coach Travis Beauchamp graduated from WC in 1999 and made his way into the WC Athletics Hall of Fame for playing both soccer and baseball.

The Shoremen played a Conference match away at Haverford on Sunday, Oct. 14. The Shoremen fell to the Fords 2-1.

All three of the game’s goals were scored in the second half.

The Fords scored the first two goals of the game at 53:11 and 83:54. The Shoremen made it to the board when sophomore James Strine took a corner kick and junior Evan Savoth knocked it in the net. The Shoremen managed four shots and five corner kicks while the Fords were able to tally zero shots and nine corner kicks during the game.

The Shoremen are now 4-6-3 overall and 1-3-2 in the Centennial Conference.

Men’s soccer will play away at Franklin and Marshall College on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.

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