HARRISONBURG, Va. - For the second straight contest, the Wesley College Men's Soccer team played extra time to decide the match. The team survived a man-down disadvantage for the final 27 minutes to preserve a 0-0 scoreless tie.
Kyle Springsteen made a pair of saves, including a saved penalty kick in the 104th minute, his second straight game with a saved penalty, to earn the tie. His counterpart Nick Overacker was constantly pressured by the Wolverines. The Eastern Mennonite goalie made 10 saves to earn the clean sheet.
Wesley pressured the entire first half, notching 15 shots including seven on goal in the first 45 minutes. Eastern Mennonite just five attempts, with only one on goal. Despite controlling the pace and possession of the match, the Wolverines went into halftime in a scoreless tie.
In the second half the Wolverines still maintained momentum. However, the tide swung late in the match. Wesley played a man down for the final seven minutes of regulation and both overtime periods after being issued a red card in the 84th minute. The squad hunkered down and warded off the EMU attack to force extra time.
In the first of the two extra periods, both teams were held without a shot. In the second extra frame, EMU nearly earned the game-winner. After a foul in the box, Joshua Chiquillo stepped to the 12-yard mark for a penalty but was denied by Springsteen to keep the game at 0-0. Avery Brice notched the Wolverines only shot of the extra time, but was turned away by Overacker as the teams finished scoreless.
Wesley moves to 1-0-1 on the season and will travel to Bridgewater on Sunday to take on the Eagles.