ST. MARY'S CITY, MD – The Wesley College men's soccer team fought back from a deficit twice only to fall 4-3 in double overtime to St. Mary's College at Seahawk Stadium. The Wolverines fall to 7-6-1, 2-4 in the CAC, while the Seahawks advance to 8-7, 4-2 in conference play.
Wesley fell behind in the 18th minute of the game when Alessandro Burlew connected on a pass from Yonah Zeitz. Wesley fought back immediately when Holden Wingate assisted on a Thomas Franz goal just two and a half minutes later. Not to be out done, St Mary's responded three minutes later to take the score to 2-1 leading into the half.
The Wolverines fought back once again when Eman Amao took the ball up that field and tied the score, 2-2, in the 58th minute. Amao repeated his performance 16 minutes later to give Wesley their first lead of the game. A red card given to Wesley at 83:25 led to a St. Mary's goal just seven seconds later to make the score 3-3. This would be the last goal in regular time, sending the game into sudden death overtime, where the Wolverines would remain down one man.
Wesley fought to maintain the tie through the first overtime, wielding off two corners and a shot. Unfortunately, the Seahawks were able capitalize in the 103rd minute when Adam Kratz was able to find the net on another Zeitz assist.
Coach Clark praised his team for twice overcoming a one goal deficit. "We showed great character and battled hard throughout the game," said Clark. "Hard work and a few moments of class earned us the lead with just a few minutes to go, but several decisions did not go our way and credit St. Mary's for getting the win. (I am) Proud of the team and the seniors and we will now move to the next challenge."
The Wolverines continue their road trip when they travel to York College (PA) for a 4:00 PM start on Wednesday, October 22.