The William Penn men’s soccer team overcame a two-goal deficit to earn a 3-2 non-conference road victory over Hannibal-LaGrange Wednesday.
The Statesmen (2-1-1) were outshot 19-17 and gave up goals in the 14th and 31st minutes, but did not crumble under the pressure.
Instead, the visitors began to slowly chip away, beginning with Angus Dibley (Fr., Gymea Bay, Australia, Communications) putting away a pass from Jack Kindell-Brown (Fr., Chelmsford, England, Physical Education) at the 40:58 mark. The goal and assist are the first for both at WPU.
Randolph Tamba (Jr., Firestone, Liberia, Information Technology) then knotted the contest at 2-2 in the 68th minute with the help coming from Dibley. Tamba now has two goals this fall.
Finally, less than a minute after the Trojans’ starting goalkeeper was sent off on a red card, Angelo Kelly (Sr., Ottumwa, Iowa, Physical Education) completed the rally with an unassisted goal with only 117 seconds left on the clock. Kelly’s goal is his first; the senior had a team-high six shots.
Max Stamer (Fr., Salzgitter, Germany, Secondary Education) settled down after the rough start, posting seven saves in the win.
“This was a huge road win against a very strong Hannibal-LaGrange team that should have a good season,” Head Coach Jaymee Highcock said. “This was our best performance so far this season; I definitely felt we were the better team in each half.”
“We had really good efforts from Randolph Tamba, Angelo Kelly, and defender Ben Creeger, among others,” Highcock said. “This is another positive step in the right direction.”
Next Up: William Penn remains on the road Sunday traveling to Columbia, Mo. to face Columbia in non-conference action at 1 p.m.
Story provided by Wade Steinlage