LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee men’s soccer team would strike early, but it would not be enough as they fell to Eastern Mennonite University, 3-1, on Wednesday at Watt Field.
Senior midfielder Drew Crowley (Weston, Mass./Weston) would put the Generals (4-5-4, 2-4-2 ODAC) on the board early, netting a goal in the 2nd minute off a cross from first-year midfielder Collier Wiseman (Danville, Va./George Washington), but the Generals would not be able to hold on to the lead.
EMU (6-5-5, 4-2-2 ODAC) would respond with two goals within two minutes, netting unassisted markers from first-year midfielder Tyler Gilchrist (Bedford, Va./Liberty) in the 32nd minute and sophomore Mitchell Leap (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) in the 34th minute. First-year defender Ryan Eshelman (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) would add the Royals final tally with 0.02 seconds remaining in the first half to secure the 3-1 victory.
Generals goalies junior Ben Bartlett (Towson, Md./McDonogh) and sophomore Alex Lambert (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Chaminade) split time in the net, with Bartlett allowing three goals while recording three saves and Lambert stopping two shots. EMU sophomore goalie Dillon Brunk (Dayton, Va./Eastern Mennonite) played all 90:00 for the Royals, allowing one goal while recording six saves.
The Generals return to action Saturday as they host Hampden-Sydney at Watt Field for senior day. Start time is slated for 1:00 pm.
W&L – Drew Crowley – (Collier Wiseman) – 1:34
EMU – Tyler Gilchrist – (unassisted) – 31:15
EMU – Mitchell Leap – (unassisted) – 33:12
EMU – Ryan Eshelman – (unassisted) – 44:59
W&L – Ben Bartlett – 45:00, 3 GA, 3 saves
W&L – Alex Lambert – 45:00, 0 GA, 2 saves
EMU – Dillon Brunk – 90:00, 1 GA, 6 save
W&L – 16 shots, 6 corner kicks, 5 saves, 13 fouls, 7 offsides, 1 yellow card (Dave Phillips – 75:51)
EMU – 9 shots, 5 corner kicks, 6 saves, 15 fouls, 4 offsides, 4 yellow cards (Osman Velasquez – 41:34, Mitchell Leap – 54:19, Muoka Musau – 66:12, Dyllan Thomas – 88:49)