Wesley Earns Overtime Win in Opener

Photo Credit: Danielle Reed
Photo Credit: Danielle Reed

WESTMINSTER, Md. - The Wesley College Men's Soccer team needed extra time, but got the job done as they dispatched McDaniel College for a 2-1 overtime win on Thursday evening in Westminster.

Caesar Rodney graduate Christopher McPoyle's first goal came as the difference as Wesley prevailed in extra time. Avery Brice also scored for the Wolverines. Kyle Springsteen made four saves to earn the win in net in his collegiate debut. 

Brice got the scoring started in Thursday's affair, collecting a ball nearly 25 yards out and firing a bullet past the McDaniel keeper and into the top netting to make it 1-0 in the 16th minute. Wesley held off the Green Terror for the rest of the first half to take the slim lead into the break.

In the second half, a defensive lapse cost the Wolverines as McDaniel was able to score off of a corner kick. Randall Hilleary got on the end of a Raul Escobar corner to beat Springsteen and equalize at 1-1 in the 74th minute. Just three minutes, Springsteen made his most impressive play of the night, saving a McDaniel penalty to keep the score level.

Wesley had late chances to finish the game in regulation but couldn't net the game-winner. Will Mileski swung in a pair of corners in the final three minutes and Jaki Farlow managed a shot on goal, but it was saved and the two teams went into overtime.

It didn't take long into the extra time for the Wolverines to strike. The Wolverines earned a corner and Mileski played it short to Danny Garza on the near side. Garza whipped in a cross, finding McPoyle in front who finished off the play for the game winner. 

The Wolverines begin their season with a 1-0 mark and will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Eastern Mennonite University.