The Elizabethtown Men’s Soccer team defeated Penn State Harrisburg in double overtime on a warm mid-September afternoon in Middletown. The Blue Jays Gilbert Waso slipped the ball past nationally ranked Penn State Harrisburg goalkeeper Hunter Cooper to end the match. The Elizabethtown native led the game with both goals. Grayden Rogers and JD Haaf each had an assist.
The scoreboard began operation when Waso scored at the 31:36 mark of the game. The blue and gray held the lead until Penn State Harrisburg forward Chase Vilga put the Nittany Lions on the board. With a tie score at the end of regulation, official Seth Goodyear prepared for overtime. It was at the 103:16 mark of the second overtime that the Blue Jays left victorious.
Tied in the shot count, the two teams were evenly matched for most of the afternoon. The Lions ended the game with three more fouls than the Jays.
Head Coach Skip Roderick’s Blue Jays move to 4-2 on the season with one game remaining until the beginning of Landmark Conference play. Their next game will take place in Reading, PA in the kicks for cancer game against the Golden Wolves of Alvernia University.
Lancaster native Brian Gately was strong in front of the goal for the blue and gray, stopping eighty percent of shots in his direction. On the season, Gately is averaging less than one goal allowed per game.
Through six games, Waso is averaging a goal for every game with fourteen total points. A business administration major, Haaf is next with seven points, two goals. Haaf is followed by freshman Eli Perry, who has three points in his collegiate career.
Approaching the mid-point of the season, Coach Roderick will look for strong performances in conference play, starting with a trip to Madison, NJ to face Drew University. Their next home game will be a September 27 non-conference game when Messiah College travels over the Susquehanna River. The Blue Jays progress can be on followed on Twitter @BlueJaysMSOC and on Instagram @bluejaysmsoc.