Wesley Squanders Early Lead, Falls to St. Mary's

Photo Credit: Danielle Reed
Photo Credit: Danielle Reed

DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College men's soccer team took a lead into halftime of the Capital Athletic Conference first round playoff, but conceded three goals in the final frame to fall 3-2 to St. Mary's College on Saturday night at Drass Field. 

Ryan Sanders finished with a pair of saves but took the loss in net while his St. Mary's counterpart, Zack Haussler made four saves for the win. The Wolverines outshot the Seahawks 23-8, including an 11-1 advantage in the first half, but couldn't finish their opportunities.

In the first half, the Wolverines pressured the Seahawks and created several opportunities for themselves. In the 23rd the squad finally caught a break as they were awarded a penalty kick for a St. Mary's handball in the box. Mileski calmly stepped to the 12-yard marker and buried his chance to the lower right corner for a 1-0 lead. Wesley continued to press throughout the remainder of the half but went into halftime with a one-goal lead.

In the second half, St. Mary's created few chances, but cashed in on the ones that they got. The Seahawks netted a pair of goals in the 59th and 72nd minutes to take a lead. Trailing by a goal in the 90th minute, Wesley earned a corner kick with 30 seconds remaining. The squad pushed forward all of their players, including the goalkeeper for their final opportunity of the game, but the ball was cleared directly to the Seahawks' Juwan Kearson who beat the Wesley defenders back to score a breakaway goal, sending the visiting team ahead 3-1.

In the final seconds, Will Mileski earned a second penalty kick and buried it again, but his effort was too late, as the Wolverines fell 3-2 to the Seahawks.

Wesley finishes their season with a 9-9-1 record and will wait in hopes of an ECAC Tournament bid. St. Mary's will advance to the CAC semifinals to play York (Pa.).