Bruce-Burgess Helps Statesmen Escape with Penalty-Kick Winner

William Penn University Athletics

William Penn University Athletics

Seward, Neb.–Milo Bruce-Burgess (Sr., Brockenhurst, England, Physical Education) made Concordia (Neb.) pay for a crucial foul as William Penn defeated its non-conference foe 1-0 in double overtime Saturday.

Although they held a 22-11 advantage in shots, including a 21-8 mark in regulation, the Statesmen (2-0) failed to score in the first 90 minutes. Fortunately, the Bulldogs (1-1) were also kept off the board in both the first and second half.

Both sides were stopped in the initial overtime period as well, but everything changed just 46 seconds into the second OT. Bruce-Burgess opened up the eventual scoring play by sending a diagonal pass to Cameron Teiermanis (Fr., Melbourne, Australia) who beat his defender and crossed the ball into the opposing box.

The cross, however, was knocked down, but it was done so with the arm of a Concordia player, a foul that earned William Penn a penalty kick. Bruce-Burgess took that opportunity and buried it in the back of the netting to get his team to 2-0 for the first time since 2009.

“It was a great pass from Milo to put Cameron in on goal to send in the cross that led to the handball,” Head Coach Raphael Martinez said. “Milo, a senior we believe in, stepped up with confidence to convert the penalty.

Angelo Kelly (Jr., Ottumwa, Iowa, Physical Education) paced the winning side with eight shots, while Bruce-Burgess and Luiz Teles (So., Picarres, Brazil, Undecided) each had four attempts.

Mason Bandy (Sr., Calgary, Alberta, Biology) recorded five saves for his first shutout of the year.

“I am very proud of how the guys continued to fight into overtime to get the win,” Martinez said. “We have continued to improve in each game and today was a solid all-around team performance. Defensively, it was a great performance with Mason coming up with two huge saves in overtime. We will head into the WPU Classic with the goal of winning both games.”

Next Up–William Penn hosts non-conference opponent Briar Cliff next Friday at 2 p.m. in the opener of the William Penn Classic.

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