Wolverines Settle for Draw

Wolverines Settle for Draw

READING, Pa. - The Wesley College men's soccer team dominated their contest against Penn St.-Berks in nearly every aspect on Wednesday night, except for the scoreboard. The Wolverines earned a 1-1 tie with the Nittany Lions despite a large advantage in the shot count.

Wesley outshot Penn St.-Berks 31-16, and put 14 shots on goal to the home team's five, but could only score once as the two teams played to a draw after 110 minutes. Ryan Sanders finished with four saves for the Wolverines while Berks' goalkeeper Rotman Saltos made 13 saves.

The Wolverines got on the board first, scoring their first goal of the season on a beautiful play. Chris Harvell sent in a cross from the flank that connected with Tobi Sowande. Sowande guided the ball goalward with his head, placing it just inside the far post for the score. The goal gave Wesley a 1-0 advantage in the 37th minute.

The slim lead didn't hold for long as the Nittany Lions answered with an equalizer just over five minutes later. In the 43rd minute, Tom Ulrich finished off a corner kick served up by Omar Guzman with a header to even the score at 1-1.

In the second half and two overtime periods combined, Wesley outshot the home team 18-12 and generated two shots on goal in extra time while holding the Nittany Lions without a chance. In the 96th minute, Danny Garza earned a shot on goal that was saved by Saltos. In the 102nd, Sowande nearly netted his second goal of the game, but it was turned away.

The Navy and White outplayed their opponent for nearly the entire match but after 110 minutes, Wesley was forced to settle for the draw. 

The Wolverines are now 0-3-1 on the season and will take part in the Rowan Invitational beginning on Saturday. Wesley will take on Berkeley (N.J.) on Saturday at Rowan before challenging the host on Sunday.