WPU Earns Draw Against Perennial Power Bellevue

William Penn University Athletics

William Penn University Athletics

by Wade Steinlage

Oskaloosa–The Statesmen men’s soccer team took a big step in the right direction as it started its 2017 season with a 3-3 tie against Bellevue in non-conference play Saturday.

WPU (0-0-1) went punch for punch with the Bruins, the #34 team in the land. The squad was outshot just 13-10, including matching BU with six shots each in the first half.

Bellevue broke through first with a goal in the 29th minute. Fortunately, just four minutes later, the navy and gold found the answer. Off a BU foul, a centering pass pulled the Bruin keeper off his line and after the ball bounced off a few players, Steve Lee (Jr., Camberley, England, Exercise Science) slipped it past the final defender to knot the score.

William Penn then took advantage of an unsuccessful ball clearing in the 60th minute to take its lone lead at 2-1 on the own goal.

The Bruins (0-0-1) refused to stay behind for long, scoring twice over the next 10 minutes to recapture the advantage at 3-2.

Still down by one goal entering the final minute, WPU fought feverishly to get the equalizer and did when Daniel Hernandez (Jr., Tulare, Calif., Mechanical Engineering) pounded a shot past the keeper with only 12 seconds left to force overtime.

Both sides had opportunities in the overtime sessions, but could not tally the golden goal. Diego Navarro (Fr., Madrid, Spain, Mechanical Engineering) led WPU with three shots, while Caleb Pipes-Goulsbra (Sr., Lincoln, England, Exercise Science) stopped five Bellevue attempts in the tie.

“This was a fantastic result for us,” Head Coach Jaymee Highcock said. “It was a very encouraging performance and it is exactly what we need to prepare us this season. We played with great heart and determination; we definitely had our chances to win this game.”

“There are still lots of things to work on, but the squad got exactly what we wanted out of today’s game,” Highcock added. “We look forward to going to Waldorf in 10 days and hopefully putting together another strong performance.”

“Thank you to our great crowd for making it an awesome atmosphere,” Highcock said.

Next Up: William Penn travels to Forest City on Tuesday, August 29 to face Waldorf in non-conference action at 7:30 p.m.

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