By Miranda Parrish
Elm Staff Writer
The Washington College Shoremen traveled on Saturday October 22 to Westminster, Maryland to play Centennial Conference rival the McDaniel College Green Terror.
Junior goalie for the Shoremen, Anthony Pinto, reflected on the anticipation that the team was feeling on the way there.
“Going into the game everyone was excited. We knew at this point in the season that we control our own destiny, and we wanted the win,” said Pinto.
The game’s first shot was by the Shoremen’s senior defender Alex Coster at the 19-minute mark but was stopped by Green Terror senior goalie Austin Heid. The Shoremen and the Green Terrors took several shots on each other, but neither team were able to pass the goalies in the first half.
In the second half, Green Terror senior Gage Souder shot against the Shoremen at the 64-minute mark, but the goal was off target. The Shoremen took six of their shots in the second half against the Green Terrors.
Several players played the whole 90-minute game, include junior goalie Pinto.
“Overall, there were a lot of highs and lows during the match. We came out flat but still had a couple of quality opportunities. McDaniel was relentless and sat back most of the game. It was frustrating at times, but we kept going and stayed positive and it resulted in a gritty last-minute goal that was a result of all the hard work put into the game,” said Pinto.
At the 89-minute mark, Senior forward Eric Gwadz scored the game winning goal against McDaniel Heid, who also played the full 90 minutes. Shoremen junior defender Chris Comber assisted the goal.
By the end of the game, the Shoremen had taken ten shots and five corner kicks, while the Terrors took four shots and has three corner kicks.
Overall, Pinto reflects on the win for the College as a great feeling and was happy to come back and attend Shoremal.
“It always feels amazing to get the three points and to do it in that fashion made it that much more special. The team was very excited to get the win over a gritty McDaniel team on the road. The team also did attend Shoremal and had a great time,” said Pinto.
Men’s soccer’s final game of the season is on Oct. 29 at Kirby Stadium against Conference rival Dickinson College.