Forest City–Raunice Butler (Jr., Nassau, Bahamas, Physical Education) took advantage of a huge penalty to lift the William Penn women’s soccer team to a 2-1 overtime victory over non-conference foe Waldorf Tuesday.
The Statesmen have now won back-to-back games to start the year for the first time since 2003 (4-0 start); the 2005 squad also started 4-0-1 with a tie in its opener.
Mariah Voight (Jr., La Mesa, Calif., Sociology/Psychology), who guided the navy and gold with four shots, put one away at the 28:03 mark to get WPU on the board first. It is her first goal of 2017.
The visitors remained on top until late, but the Warriors (1-3) managed to knot the contest in the 81st minute and forced extra play.
Overtime did not last long, though, as just 1:34 in, Butler tracked down a ball inside the box and collided with Waldorf’s goalkeeper, resulting in a penalty on WC. Butler then lined up for the game-winning penalty kick and drilled it into the netting to give her team the win. The junior managed three shots as part of a 14-8 edge overall. She now has two goals this fall.
Riley Ludwig (Jr., Big Bear City, Calif., Psychology) notched three saves in Tuesday’s triumph.
The Statesmen men’s soccer team bombarded Waldorf with two goals in the first nine minutes of play Tuesday and held on to claim the 2-0 non-conference victory.
William Penn (1-0-1) earned the shutout despite being outshot 24-9, including facing a 16-5 shot deficit in the second half.
Diego Navarro (Fr., Madrid, Spain, Mechanical Engineering) got the visitors on the board just 3:47 into the night when he finished off a pass from Juan Salazar (So., Buga, Colombia, Exercise Science).
Exactly five minutes later, Steve Lee (Jr., Camberley, England, Exercise Science) knocked home his second goal of the year to double the advantage. Joey Messina (So., New London, Wis., Information Technology) assisted on the score.
The defense, led by goalkeeper Caleb Pipes-Goulsbra (Sr., Lincoln, England, Exercise Science), took over from there and kept the Warriors (1-2) exasperated all evening. Pipes-Goulsbra recorded nine saves (seven in the second period) in the victory.
Next Up: William Penn soccer returns to Oskaloosa Sunday to host Cardinal Stritch in non-conference action at noon for a doubleheader.
Story by Wade Steinlage, Sports Information Director at William Penn University