Conference Drought for Shoremen: Men’s Soccer Falls At Home To Muhlenberg 0-3 As Winless Streak Reaches Seven

By Brian Klose
Elm Staff Writer 

Following another tough week of conference action, Washington College men’s soccer snapped their five-game losing streak after a come-from-behind 2-2 draw against Centennial rival McDaniel, putting them at 4-6-1 overall and 0-3-1 in the conference. The Shoremen lost to Haverford earlier in the week, their fifth loss. WC later came up against Muhlenberg College for their first home conference match up since Dickinson in late September.

In the game against McDaniel, sophomore goalkeeper Jon Wendeborn made a career-high eight saves, keeping the Shoremen poised on defense and allowing the offense to make their comeback. Wendeborn also had two saves in the 2-0 loss against Haverford, and three saves in the 3-0 loss to Muhlenberg.

WC was headed into their third of four straight away games as they entered Haverford, Pa. last Wednesday. WC last defeated the Fords 2-1 in the 2011 season, when senior co-captain Matt Wilfong had two assists as a freshman.

During a scoreless first half, freshman defender Stephen Boll got off the first shot of the game, but it was saved by Haverford goalie Sam Miller. Miller also saved two shots, including a header, by sophomore forward Chris Lewandowski. Wendeborn made his first of two saves in the 11th minute.

Haverford opened up their lead in the 66th minute with a header off of a corner kick and sealed the game with a shot off the far post bouncing in for a 2-0 lead in the 72nd minute. The Fords held an 11-8 advantage in shots and 0-2 in offsides calls.

Looking ahead to McDaniel, the Shoremen hoped to focus the offense on more scoring opportunities.

“We need our offense to alleviate the pressure on our defense by scoring goals,” said senior midfielder Bob Libera. “Against top teams in the conference it’s very important for us to get on the board. We have some really talented forward players; we’re still trying to figure out how to best utilize them in a way that helps the team gel and yields results.”

After allowing two first half goals, WC looked toward their forwards to perform and they delivered. In the 67th minute, senior forward Sam Draper put the Shoremen on the board with an unassisted goal, his first of the season.  Fifty-seven seconds later, sophomore forward Brian Wilkinson scored his own unassisted goal to even the game 2-2 by the 69th minute.

The game would carry over into two overtimes before ending with a final score of 2-2. McDaniel outshot WC 18-15, and recorded four saves in the draw.

The draw gave the Shoremen an opportunity to enter their next game with some much-needed momentum against 20th ranked Muhlenberg with an overall record of 7-1-2. Washington College’s last victory against the Mules came in 2008 in Allentown, Pa. This season, WC was met with a tough Muhlenberg defense, who allowed only seven shots with two on goal. The Shoremen were given opportunities to create some offense with eight corner kicks, but were also plagued by 18 fouls and two offsides calls.

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