By Andy Chirico
Elm Staff Writer
The men’s soccer team had another impressive week winning both games against Goucher (2-0) and Albright (3-2) on the road. To end the week, the team improved their record to 4-1. The Shoremen have played very well during these non-conference games. The past four games, Washington College has been able to outscore their opponents 12-6.
The Shoremen were coming off a 3-1 victory over Shenandoah when heading into their matchup against Goucher. It seemed as if WC was going to have an explosive start and score in the first minute as senior captain Matt Wilfong slotted a ball into the bottom corner of the net. However, it was overturned and called a controversial handball. Throughout the entire first half neither team could find an offensive spark. This was until senior midfielder Bob Libera broke the drought by heading a goal off a double assist from sophomore Dimitri Kaliakin and senior Adam Smith in the final minute of the first half. Not only was this Libera’s first goal, it was his first game of the season. Libera suffered from an injury and was unable to play in WC’s first three matches.
“Sitting on the bench for the last three weeks watching my teammates play without me has been tough,” Libera said. “I’m thrilled to be back and contribute in any way I can. Our team has such potential this year, and I hope I don’t miss another day of our journey. I wasn’t sure whether or not I was even going to get on the field today. Celebrating my goal that put us out in front with my team was such a great feeling.”
In the second half against Goucher, senior Zach Stocksdale was able to score a goal from around seventy yards out off a free kick that soared over the opposing goalkeeper.
“Stocksdale scored an unlikely goal from 70 yards out after Sam Draper was able to physically challenge the goalkeeper for the high lofted ball and he was unable to get a clean catch,” Head Coach Roy Dunshee said.
The Shoremen were able to complete a shutout against Goucher with sophomore goalkeeper Jon Wendeborn accounting for two saves and senior goalkeeper Lin Robinson recording three.
“While it was not a pretty game of soccer, it was a good physical test and our boys came out on top,” Dunshee said.
WC took to the road for the first time to face Albright this past weekend. Albright scored within the first 10 minutes; but this lead did not last long when freshman Michael Holowesko scored his first collegiate goal off an assist from senior Joseph Fili as he volleyed a ball from the back post into the bottom corner with his left foot. Albright came back with another goal just 30 seconds later. But this was the last offensive spark Albright was able to find.
The Shoremen bounced back with a goal from Fili after a scramble in the box ended with a bicycle kick which brought the half to 2-2. WC was able to gain the lead for the first time all game at the 74th minute mark off a goal from Libera, resulting from another scramble in the box off of a WC corner kick. Washington was able to hold the lead with Wendeborn having an impressive second half recording two saves, shutting out Albright in the second half. WC was able to come home with an impressive win and a very successful two-win week.
These past two games have been very friendly for WC’s offense, scoring five goals. The team looks to keep this momentum rolling into the Centennial Conference games. A very tough test comes on Sept. 24 when they have four away games in a row, three of which are against Centennial Conference opponents.
With a 4-1 record to end the week, hopes are very high for the WC men’s soccer team as they prepare to take on Eastern Shore rival Salisbury away next Wednesday on Sept. 17, followed by the conference opener against Dickinson on Sept. 20 at home at 1 p.m.