By Andrew Chirico
The Washington College men’s soccer team continues to set records this season, mounting its first five-game winning streak for the first time in over 15 years after defeating non-conference opponent Catholic University 3-1. The Shoremen then lost in a 1-0 Centennial Conference game when they hosted Gettysburg on Saturday. To end the week, the Shoremen finished with a 9-6 overall, and 3-4 in conference play.
Catholic came out strong against the Shoremen, scoring in the first half and holding WC scoreless heading into halftime. The offense only produced five shots whereas Catholic put up eight. The first goal came in the 36 minute mark off of a free kick from the Cardinals.
WC was a completly different team in the second half, scoring three unanswered goals. All three goals came from different players in junior Dimitri Kaliakin, sophomore Michael Holowesko, and freshman Brian Graham. Holowesko and Kaliakin have found strong chemistry this season. Holowesko’s goal totaled his fifth of the season. All of those five goals are assisted by Kaliakin. For Kaliakin, he leads the team with eight assists.
Senior captain Jack Butler feels the type of play WC has changed and guided the team to their five-game winning streak.
“The team has really been playing well together. We are keeping the ball and connecting our passes. We are finishing a lot of our chances that we seemed to be missing in the early part of the conference,” said Butler. “We changed our formation to having two forwards up top that really seemed to help. I think we need to keep playing our game.”
Following their second half burst against Catholic, WC was unable to find that same spark versus Gettysburg. The Bullets scored the only goal of the game coming in the 20 minute mark. The Shoremen had a tough time putting shots on goal, only recording one in the first half.
The offense was then able to find opportunities in the second half, putting five shots on goal, but were not able to find the back of the net. Despite the loss, WC did hold the advantage in shots on goal and corner kicks.
With the conference loss, WC finds itself right on the bubble for the Conference tournament. The team gets two more chances to make that final push. Both of those games are against teams in front of them in the conference standings. The Shoremen travel to Swarthmore on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and then host Johns Hopkins on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.
Assist-leader Kaliakin stressed how important these next games are for the team if they want to make the tournament for the first time in program history.
“This will mean nothing if we do not take care of business in our last games,” said Kaliakin. “We are confident that if we keep playing well, we will make the conference playoffs.”