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Iowa Wesleyan men win in double OT, women fall

Oct 06, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Juan Crespo plays the ball during the Iowa Wesleyan men’s thrilling double-overtime win.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The Iowa Wesleyan soccer teams hosted Spalding in a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup on Thursday night at East Lake Park in Mt. Pleasant. The men won a thrilling double-overtime game, 2-1, on a game-winning goal by Blas Villaseca. The women were shut out 8-0.

The IW men had to battle back after a goal from Spalding’s Kornell Hilliard put the Tigers in a 1-0 hole early in the first half. Spalding nearly made it 2-0 on several occasions, but a few key saves from Trevor Haasis kept the game within reach.

With time ticking down in regulation, Villaseca found Juan Crespo with a pass. Crespo sent a rocket over a group of players and past the Golden Eagle keeper to tie the game with just 2:17 showing on the clock.

The first 10-minute overtime went by without any scoring, but play opened up in the second OT.

Spalding had Haasis out of the net and nearly won the game midway through the period, but the Golden Eagle forward sent the shot wide left.

With just under four minutes remaining in the game, Villaseca dribbled the ball through defenders and into the box. He sent the ball past the keeper for a goal to steal the game and give the Tigers their first SLIAC win.

The Tiger men outshot the Golden Eagles 25-17 in the win. Pablo Garcia led the team in shots, with four, and shots on goal, with two. Haasis made seven saves in eight attempts.

Things didn’t go so well for the IW women. The game was tied 0-0 through the first eight and-a-half minutes, but Spalding scored two goals within 20 seconds of each other and sparked a huge offensive rush.

The Golden Eagles scored all eight of their goals in the first half. Seven different players scored for Spalding.

The IW women were unable to get off any shots. Alex Eyman was in net and made 18 saves in 26 attempts.

The Tiger men moved to 5-4-2 on the year and 1-0-1 in conference play. The women dropped to 2-7 overall and 0-2 in SLIAC play. Both teams will host Fontbonne University on Saturday, Oct. 7, with the men leading things off at 1 p.m.

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