Wednesday afternoon on its home turf, the Barons men’s soccer team defeated Washington & Jefferson College, bringing its winning streak to three games.
The Barons came out on fire and hungry for a win, playing aggressively and quickly. In the fifth minute, junior midfielder Joe Muldoon made a perfect shot off an assist from sophomore forward Mikey Irvin. This goal was fuel to the fire, and the Barons possessed and moved the ball all the more, keeping the play mostly in Washington & Jefferson’s end.
However, the Presidents came back with energy and desire, looking to net a goal of their own. Neither team was willing to back down, and each team’s defense and goalie shut down whatever flew at them. The deadlock came to an end when freshman forward Andrew James’ shot hit the crossbar and junior midfielder Sebastian Koehler rebounded, scoring with just less than 10 minutes to go in the first half.
With three and a half minutes left in the first half, the referee called a foul in the box against the Barons. The Presidents got a penalty kick and scored their first goal of the game. Countering this goal, senior defense Kevin Herrmann scored with an assist from sophomore defense Chris St. George with only 51 seconds left in the half, bringing the score to 3-1.
At the start of the second half, the Barons came out aggressive and played like they were down by a few goals. They controlled and moved the ball well, and their efforts paid off when senior midfielder Mark Fioramonti landed a perfect shot into the net. Just four minutes later, the Barons scored again when sophomore midfielder Nick Miller nailed a shot off a free kick.
After many attempts from both sides, the Barons scored yet again as sophomore midfielder Nick Cross finished the ball with an assist from James with less than five minutes left in the game. The match ended in a win for the Barons with a final score of 6-1.
Head coach Christian Bobak praised the team, saying, “The team played really well and kept the pedal down the whole game and didn’t let up.”
The Barons look forward to their next home game against Heidelberg University Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 4:30 p.m.