By Andrew Chirico
After opening October by winning its first five games, the Washington College men’s soccer team faced its second defeat of the month after losing 1-0 while visiting conference opponent Swarthmore. The team then suffered a tough 4-3 loss to conference powerhouse Johns Hopkins.
WC and Swarthmore kept the match even at 0-0 heading into halftime. The Shoremen recorded their first shot on goal at the 12 minute mark when junior Dimitri Kaliakan was earned the first free-kick of the game. The offense then found another opportunity when sophomore Michael Holowesko got off a header but Swarthmore’s goalkeeper prevented the shot.
Although the Shoremen fired off 12 shots and five corner kicks in the first half, they were unable to find the back of the net. The WC defense allowed nine shots in the first half, forcing freshman goalkeeper Josh Samuels to record three saves in the first 45 minutes of play.
The Garnet came out firing in the second half, finding the first and only goal of the game coming within nine minutes of play in final regulation. The goal came off a free kick, which hit the crossbar, and then was played into the back of the net off a Swarthmore rebound.
WC was not able to record a shot on goal until the 68 minute mark when Kaliakan took a shot, but was saved by the host’s goalie. The offense was only able to record five total shots in the second half. They totaled a high of 11 fouls as well in the final half.
With the conference loss, WC needed Johns Hopkins to either lose or draw in their game versus McDaniel College. Beating McDaniel, Hopkins did not help the Shoremen with their playoffs hopes,. With the Hopkin’s victory, the possibility of WC clinching a spot in the Centennial Conference tournament came to an end.
Johns Hopkins jumped out early on the Shoremen, scoring the first two goals of the game in the 17 and 21 minute marks. Both goals were scored in the lower left corner of WC’s net. The Shoremen offense prevailed scoring in the 35 minute mark coming off the foot of freshman Aaron Barclay. Barclay scored his first goal off the season by rebounding freshman Brian Grahams shot.
WC then extended their scoring run when junior Brian Wilkinson scored off of an assist from junior Christian Cooke. Unfortunately for WC, the Blue Jays caught up to take a 3-2 advantage in the 70 minute mark. Sophomore Michael Holowesko then scored the Shoremen’s final goal of the game, coming off a header which was assisted by Kaliakan.
Hopkins took advantage of a penalty kick opportunity in the 82 minute mark. The shot was initially saved by WC goalie, David Myers, but rebounded back and put into the back of the net, giving the visitors a 4-3 lead and the victory.
WC finished their season 9-8 overall and 3-6 in conference play. The team was right in playoff contention until two conference losses against Gettysburg and Swarthmore. With those two losses, they jumped out of the playoff bubble.
Although the Shoremen could not pull out a conference tournament bid, senior captain Jack Butler is excited for the program’s future. Although he will not be with the program next season as he’s graduating this year. He is excited to follow head coach Roy Dunshee’s squad.
“It’s been a wonderful season. Coach Dunshee came in and completely changed the program. We were very close at making playoffs, and I will bet that they make it next year,” said Butler. “Every year since Coach Dunshee came in, we have improved tremendously. Not only is he a great coach, but he recruited kids that know how to play. I’m excited to come back and watch them in their first playoff game.”