The Oglethorpe men's soccer team earned an important win in a non-conference, intersectional matchup Monday night in Franklin, Tennessee, as they took down Washington (Missouri) 3-2 in a neutral-site matchup at the Williamson County Soccer Complex. The result improved the Stormy Petrels to 5-2 on the season.
The Petrels enjoyed perhaps their best half of the year so far in the opening 45 minutes. Though they gave up the opening goal to the Bears in the seventh minute, it was all Petrels from that point until the halftime whistle.
Senior midfielder Topher Marshall, fresh off his SAA Offensive Player of the Week award, opened the scoring for Oglethorpe in the 14th minute as he dribbled past four defenders and rifled a shot past the Washington goalkeeper, tying the game. Then, junior defender Christian Waegelin took a pass from freshman midfielder Angel Guevara and launched a 30-yard bomb into the back of the net, giving Oglethorpe a 2-1 lead in the 20th minute. The Oglethorpe onslaught continued in the 39th minute when Marshall delivered a pinpoint cross to freshman forward Abraham Lopez, who put a shot past Bear goalkeeper Matt Martin and made it 3-1.
Oglethorpe outshot Washington 11-6 over the course of the opening half and took three corner kicks to the Bears' two.
The Bears responded in the second half, though. They made the score 3-2 in the 65th minute, then repeatedly attacked the Oglethorpe goal in the final minutes looking for the equalizer. They outshot the Petrels 13-4 for the period, and had a shot hit the crossbar in the 86th minute. However, the Petrels got three big saves from junior goalkeeper Scott Zoino in the period and held on for the 3-2 win.
For the game, the Bears outshot the Petrels 19-15, but Oglethorpe put seven shots on goal to Washington's six. The Bears took four corner kicks to Oglethorpe's three.
The Petrels will be back in action on Friday, when they travel to Jackson, Mississippi, to take on Millsaps at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. After that, they'll continue to Alabama to battle Birmingham-Southern Sunday at 3:30 p.m.