The Oglethorpe men's soccer team picked up a huge non-conference win Monday afternoon at the Oglethorpe Track and Field, knocking off No. 17 Washington (Missouri), 3-1, in a game dominated by the Stormy Petrels. Oglethorpe outshot the visiting Bears 22-9 over the course of the game and built a 2-0 second-half lead before the visitors were able to mount a significant response.
The Petrels jumped on Washington early, outshooting them 8-4 in the first half and forcing Bears goalkeeper Colin McCune to make a couple of first-half saves. The home side broke through in the 27th minute when sophomore forward Gabriel Alvarez forced a defender to bring him down in the box, winning a penalty kick. He stepped up to the spot and took it himself, sending it into the lower left corner of the net for his second goal of the season and giving his team a 1-0 advantage.
Oglethorpe held that lead into the halftime break, then came out and extended it early in the second half. Junior midfielder Ryan Marcano took a pass from the wing from senior midfielder Josh Hoeft, collected it at the top of the box, and rifled it past McCune for a 2-0 advantage in the 50th minute. The Bears got a goal back in the 59th minute, as a long ball over the top bounced over Oglethorpe senior goalkeeper Luke Whelan, which allowed Washington's Cole Schmitz to run onto it and put it in to cut the lead to 2-1.
The Petrels did not stop bombarding the Bear goal, though. They outshot the visitors 14-5 over the course of the second half, and finally put the game away in the 83rd minute. Marcano fired a shot from the top of the box that McCune was able to save, but he wasn't able to control the rebound, and junior midfielder Topher Marshall put it into the back of the net.
For the game, Oglethorpe outshot Washington 22-9, including a 9-1 advantage in shots on goal, forcing McCune into six saves. They also took six corner kicks to just one for the visitors.
Marshall fired eight shots and put four on target, while Marcano recorded three shots and found the frame with two of them.
"Both teams had games this weekend, so this was essentially the second game of the weekend for both of us," said Oglethorpe head coach Jon Akin. "I thought we handled it well and played well. They're a dangerous team, especially on set pieces, and I thought we kind of left them hanging around a bit too long, but we've gotten better at finishing games off, and we did just that today. It's great to get a win in a game like against a ranked team, and we'll look to improve further on the training field going into this weekend. We'll look to keep it rolling and keep our winning streak alive with a couple of SAA games this weekend."
The Petrels will take their three-game winning and four-game unbeaten streaks back into SAA play over the weekend. They'll travel to Conway, Arkansas, on Friday to battle Hendrix at 8:30 p.m. Eastern, then will continue to Memphis, Tennessee, to go against a Rhodes team currently in first place in the league Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.