Wolverines Score Early, Hold on for 1-1 Draw

Photo Credit: Danielle Reed
Photo Credit: Danielle Reed

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - For the third straight game, the Wesley College Men's Soccer team went to extra time, and for the second straight contest the Wolverines were forced to settle for a draw, tying 1-1 with Bridgewater College on Sunday.

The squad took an early lead, scoring just 30 seconds into the game. Danny Garza drilled a first minute goal, crushing a shot from the 18-yard line past the goalkeeper to make it 1-0. Wesley's lone score set the table for the rest of the game as the squad kept the Eagles off the board for the remainder of the first half.

In the second period, Bridgewater was able to even the score. The Eagles pressured the Wesley offensive zone, and ended up scoring on a broken play that was finished off by Thomas White. the goal occured in the 61st minute to level the score. Wesley played hard the rest of the regulation timeframe but could not manage to pull ahead, and were forced into their third straight overtime game. 

In the overtime period, Kyle Springsteen was faced with a two-on-none breakaway and neutralized it with a crucial save to keep the score level. Robert Coakley did his part as well, clearing a dangerous cross from the goal mouth to preserve the tie again. The Wolverines did their best to muster an attack in the extra frame but never got a shot on goal.

In the second overtime, Wesley had a solid opportunity after Sean Whelen earned a free kick, drawing a foul at midfield. Nektario Athanasiou lofted a ball into the box to Patrick Schlosser who headed out to Luis Cruz for a volley. Cruz ripped a shot, but it was pushed wide. Bridgewater continued to pressure in the final frame, but Springsteen and the defense were up to the challenge.

The Wolverines remain undefeated, moving to 1-0-2 on the season. The squad will return to action on Sept. 10 when they face Randolph-Macon College in their home opener on Sept. 10.