Statesmen Claim Overtime Win Over Culver-Stockton
Canton, Mo.–The William Penn men’s soccer team was pushed to extra play, but managed to find itself in the winner’s circle for the first time in a while with a 3-2 non-conference win over Culver-Stockton Tuesday.
The Statesmen (9-5-1), who outshot the Wildcats 22-17, snapped their two-game losing streak. The team had not won in nearly a month, going 0-3-1 since September 18.
The visitors got rolling right away when Matheus Riberio (So., Vitoria, Brazil, Biology) put home a pass from David Nega (Jr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Undecided) at the 18:47 mark. It was Riberio’s first goal of the year.
Unfortunately, Culver-Stockton (3-11-1) answered with two goals later in the first half to hold a 2-1 advantage at intermission.
The Statesmen battled back to record the equalizer early in the second stanza on a score by Mark Dryden (Sr., Arbroath, Scotland, Biology) in the 55th minute. Dryden, whose goal was his first in 2013, was assisted by Nega. The junior now has two assists this fall.
Neither side could break the tie in the remaining minutes of regulation, forcing the third extra-session contest for WPU this year. William Penn did not have to play long, though, to keep itself without a loss in overtime games (2-0-1) as Facundo Manzanares (Fr., Cordoba, Argentina, Business Management) scored his third goal of the season just 1:16 into the third period. The assist was credited to Dryden–his fifth of the campaign.
Angelo Kelly (So., Ottumwa, Iowa, Physical Education) did not add to his goal total, but did lead his team with six shots.
Pedro Pereira (Fr., Sao Paolo, Brazil, Communications) posted six saves in the win.
Next: William Penn returns home Saturday to host Clarke in Midwest Collegiate Conference action at 7 p.m