The Elizabethtown College men’s soccer team, fighting until the last minute, lost their first Landmark Conference game 0-6 to Drew University.
Holding Drew to two goals in the first period, junior goalie Brian Gately had 4 saves out of the 12 shots on goal. Senior Scott Hess, sophomore Travis Wilson and junior Mitchell Gochnauer all had one shot on goal in the first period and junior Gilbert Waso had two.
After the first goal, the Jays held Drew for 22 minutes until they scored their second for the first period. In the second period, Drew scored 4 more goals. Gochnauer, senior Sam Feehrer, sophomores Brendan Burke and Pedro Andrade all had shots on goal during this period. First-year goalie Josh Jarrett had a save for the Jays at 72:50.
One of the biggest traditions on Etown’s campus is the annual “marshmallow game” against Messiah College’s soccer team. Every year, the teams alternate between playing at Messiah and at Etown. Wednesday, Sept. 27, fans from both teams came to Etown to watch the game and throw marshmallows at each other.
Another part of the marshmallow game tradition is the different shirts Etown student wear to the game each year. This year, the Etown students wore bright orange shirts that read, “don’t mess with the best, not in our nest.”
It was a slow first half and the game remained scoreless until well into the second. Etown had five shots to Messiah’s six. Gately only had to make one save in the first half.
68 minutes in, Gochnauer broke the scoreless tie with an assist from junior Danny Sullivan.
Less than 20 minutes later, Messiah’s Colby Thomas scored a goal, making the score 1-1 and sending the game into overtime.
The game went into overtime and junior JD Haaf got a shot off but it was saved by Messiah’s goalie Connor Bell.
After a foul on Etown, Messiah’s Kirby Robbins scored the game-winner for the Falcons, earning the win 2-1 over the Blue Jays.
Waso had three shots, Gochnauer had two and Feehrer, Hess and Haaf each had one. Gately totaled four saves for the night.
The Falcons totaled 18 shots to the Blue Jay’s 10. Messiah had eight corner kicks to Etown’s three and Messiah only had seven fouls compared to 12 from Etown.
This year was senior Alpha Sow’s first time at the marshmallow game. “I had a great time supporting the whole team,” he said. Despite the tough loss, Sow enjoyed the game and said “the best part was the excess amounts of marshmallows” people were throwing.
The men will take on the University of Scranton on the road Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.