Roundup: McPoyle lifts Wesley men’s soccer 2-1 in OT win

Wesley freshman Katie Ford trying to boot the ball past a Goucher defender in first half of match Thursday night.  (Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

Wesley freshman Katie Ford trying to boot the ball past a Goucher defender in first half of match Thursday night. (Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

Caesar Rodney High grad Christopher McPoyle scored in overtime to lift Wesley College to a 2-1 victory over McDaniel in men’s soccer in their season opener on Thursday night.

Avery Brice also scored for the Wolverines while Kyle Springsteen made four saves to earn the win in net in his collegiate debut.

It didn’t take long into the extra time for the Wolverines to strike. Wesley earned a corner and Will 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.

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 in the 16th minute.

Wesley had late chances to finish the game in regulation but couldn’t net the game-winner. 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.

WOMEN, Goucher 2, Wesley 0: Sam Brannigan made seven saves in goal but it wasn’t enough to stifle the Gopher offense as Goucher scored in the 33rd and 60th minutes to earn the victory.

Natalie Trujillo registered the Wolverines’ only shot on goal as Wesley missed some close chances.

Wesley midfielder Janiah Moore battles Goucher's Lexi Solazzo for control of the ball in match played at Wesley Stadium Thursday night.  (Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

Wesley midfielder Janiah Moore battles Goucher’s Lexi Solazzo for control of the ball in match played at Wesley Stadium Thursday night. (Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

The Wolverines started six players that were not on the team’s roster last season, including five freshmen. There were flashes of brilliance however as Janiah Moore (Caesar Rodney) partnered with new teammates Katie Ford (Dover) and Aleya Cummings (CR) to head the Wesley attack.

Wesley’s best chance came late in the game when they earned back-to-back corner kicks. The first attempt glanced off a Goucher defender, but the second rattled around in the box before popping up over the crowd.

Cummings got her head to the ball directing it goalward. The crowd reacted as if it had gone in, but it glanced just over the bar.

College field hockey

Immaculata 1, Wesley 0: The Wolverines outshot the Macs and earned more penalty corners in their season opener but could not find a goal as Immaculata escaped with the win.

Taylor Timmons led Wesley with three shots on goal. Allison Perugini and Kelsey Fromal each ripped four shots but were denied as the Wolverines were shut out by Immaculata’s Sarah Pasternak.

Wesley split time between a pair of freshman netminders with Sidney Knott making three saves in the first half and Bridget Wood playing the second half and making three saves as well.

In the second half, the Wolverines dominated play on the Macs’ side of the field, taking 14 shots to Immaculata’s six. The Wolverines nearly earned a late equalizer when Brittany Bishop beat the Immaculata goalie with a shot, but defender Megan Wheeler made the save to turn the Wolverines away yet again.

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