Shoremen soccer beats Eastern University for their first win

By Jack Poleto

Sports Editor

After opening the season with two draws, the men’s soccer team got their first win of the season on Sept. 10 facing the Eastern University Eagles.

The Shoremen came out taking aggressive shots immediately, with the first coming in the fourth minute from senior midfielder Cole Gifford after a yellow card on the Eagles. They would go on to fire several more shots at Eastern’s goalie before scoring.

At the 16 minute mark, the Eagles would take their first shot of the game and record the first goal, taking an early 1-0 lead.

Well into the first half, the Shoremen scored their first goal under junior defender Chris Comer, assisted by senior midfielder Harrison Malone, tying the game at 1-1.

At the 43 minute mark, as Eastern tried to go into the locker room with an advantage, sophomore goalkeeper made his second save of the game, keeping the game tied at halftime.

Opening the second half, the Eagles and the Shoremen traded corner kicks that failed to go in the goal.

The team’s second score came at the 56 minute mark as senior midfielder Ben Strine headed the ball into the goal after a crossing assist from senior midfielder Eric Gwadz, putting the Shoremen up 2-1. 

For the next 16 minutes of gameplay, White went on to make four separate saves after an array of shots on goal by the Eagles.

The Shoremen scored the game sealing goal at the 89th minute mark thanks to Malone pushing the ball past midfield and rifling off a shot from 30 yards out. 

With the help of White’s stunning six total saves, the Shoremen improved to a 1-0-2 record this season.

The Men’s soccer team now looks to play their next game against conference rival Franklin and Marshall College, ranked 19 nationally, on Sept. 17.

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