Men’s Soccer Opens Centennial Play with a Shutout Win
By Candace Means, Staff Writer
This past Saturday, the Men’s Soccer Team gained another win against Washington College during their Centennial Conference opener. This was the Bullets’ second straight shutout this year.
In the first half, the Bullets had multiple opportunities to score, but instead ran into trouble with Washington’s goalkeeper Gavin Campbell, the crossbar, or post.
Right before the 37-minute mark, the Bullets were able to add to the scoreboard when sophomore Oladayo Thomas scored off of a pass from junior Jonathan Molina.
After the first half the Bullets outshot the Shoremen by 10-1.
Twenty-five minutes into the second half, senior Ezekiel Omosanya scored off a free kick. Just ten minutes later, sophomore Jack Carroll added to the Bullets’ domination by scoring another goal. The Bullets outshot Washington 18-5 with 11 being on goal.
“The game went really well while being away from home against a team that is tall, physical, and that relies heavily on corner kicks and direct kicks,” said junior goalkeeper Nolan McGrann. “We played our style and minimized their chances by not fouling.”
This game was the first game of conference play. “Overall we are excited for conference play as we have a good group of guys that are committed to playing our style of soccer that is fun to watch and does not rely on physicality, but instead on technical aspects and passing the ball around our opponents,” said McGrann.
Although the season opener was very successful, the Gettysburg men’s soccer team still has aspects to work on.
“We need to learn to score more during shots on goals,” said McGrann. Out of their 11 shots on goal only three found the back of the net.
Gettysburg is regionally ranked at No. 9 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. Johns Hopkins is ranked No. 3 by the same poll and No. 7 by D3soccer.com.