While the rest of campus was off on Fall Break, the Elizabethtown College men’s soccer team traveled to Washington D.C. Saturday, Oct. 8 to face off against Catholic University.
The 3-1 win over Catholic enabled the Blue Jays to extend their winning streak to four games. This streak currently stands at five.
Catholic was first team to score a goal. In the 22nd minute, Catholic’s Brian Galfond took their first shot of the game and put the first point on the board.
Within the next eight minutes, Etown’s sophomore forward Gilbert Waso shot and scored to tie up the game at 1-1. Then, in the 38th minute, first-year forward Travis Wilson was subbed in and, within six minutes, shot, scored and got his second goal of the season.
In the second half, Waso was the only player to score, setting Etown up to take the game at 3-1. This was Waso’s ninth score of the season, and this game was Waso’s second consecutive game in which he scored two goals. In this match, Waso had game-highs of six shots and three shots on goal.
Blue Jay senior forward Jeff Light also had three shots, two of which were on goal. Senior keeper Ryan Sandell made five saves against Catholic as well.
Sandell said that the team is pleased with their performance in Saturday’s game. The Blue Jays were able to pull off a win, even with a relatively young team because of a few injured players. Sandell said the fact that the team was able to accomplish this has them “excited to see what [they] can do once [the] injured players return.” He said their performance in this game against Catholic showed that the Blue Jays have a lot of heart, and that every player on the team “has some fire in them.”
Sandell said while others might see the team’s overall performance this season as successful, the Blue Jays are always looking to improve. “The team is definitely happy with our record and the way we’ve won our games, but we’re not content with simply having a good record,” Sandell said. “We had one of the best records in college soccer last season and still didn’t make the playoffs. We want championships.”
The Blue Jays set out to prove themselves in this match. According to Sandell, Catholic’s head coach Travis Beauchamp was part of the reason the Blue Jays were not allowed to enter in the national tournament last season as he was on the selection committee. Beauchamp apparently felt that the Blue Jays were not a good enough team to be included. “I think we proved, and are proving to a lot of other people, that we need to be taken seriously,” Sandell said.
On Wednesday night, the Blue Jays hosted a non-league game against Penn State-Berks.
Five different Blue Jays scored for Etown in a 7-3 blowout victory over the hosts. Light got the scoring party started in the first 30 seconds, scoring his fourth of the season. Waso would add two goals in a four goal first half for Etown.
An own goal in the 72nd minute made the score 5-1. Etown would take on two more goals before it was all said and done.
The Blue Jays will host Goucher College on Homecoming weekend. This Saturday the Gophers will travel to Etown for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff.