Statesmen Knock Off #16 Benedictine

William Penn University Athletics

William Penn University Athletics

by Wade Steinlage

Oskaloosa–The history-making 2018 edition of William Penn men’s soccer added another memorable chapter Saturday as the squad upset #16 Benedictine 2-1 in Heart of America Athletic Conference action.

WPU (11-3, 6-2 Heart) defeated its second top-25 program of the year and incredibly its sixth in the last four years, and it was no fluke.

The hosts, who tied school records for overall wins (set in 2002) and league wins (set in 2017), outshot the Ravens (8-4-3, 5-2-1 Heart) by a 14-6 tally, including a 10-1 first-half domination.

Despite controlling possession, the navy and gold went without anything to show for it, entering intermission in a scoreless tie. That all changed at the 56:13 mark when Steve Avelar (Jr., Los Angeles, Calif., Sociology) headed home a delivery from Eduardo Bonatto (So., Rio Grande, Brazil, Business Management). The goal is Avelar’s first at William Penn; it is also Bonatto’s fifth assist of 2018.

BC answered three minutes later, but the hosts recaptured the advantage for good at the 77:24 mark, courtesy of a goal by Amgad Hassan (Jr., Falls Church, Va., Computer Science) that was assisted by Donny Mesina (Jr., Inglewood, Calif., Sports Management). Hassan now has four goals, while Mesina also has four helpers.

The defense, guided by Austin Munoz (Jr., Harrisville, Utah, Sports Management) and his three saves, made sure the advantage held up in the waning minutes.

Offensively, Kenedy Deviska (Fr., Haiti, Wellness and Recreation) led the Statesmen with three shots.

“This was an incredible win for our men!” Head Coach Jaymee Highcock said. “The first half of soccer was some of the best ever played by this program. We controlled the game from start to finish against one of the best teams in the NAIA; this effort is a credit to all the players and staff associated with the program. We are far from done; we want to keep breaking records and become the best team in school history.”

Next Up: William Penn travels to Ankeny Tuesday to face Faith Baptist Bible in non-conference action at 4 p.m.

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