The Statesmen (1-5-1), who were outshot 24-13 by Central (5-3), played on the turf of the Lacey Complex Stadium for the first time, but unfortunately similar results to their grass field were posted.
The visitors pushed the ball forward all night and were so aggressive that they were called for 12 offsides. They finally broke the scoreless tie in the 18th minute and then added two more goals before the half in the 36th and 45 minutes.
William Penn, guided by four shots from Jordan Hoffman
(So., Hyde Park, Utah, Skyview HS) cancelled the shutout in the 84th minute on a perfectly placed corner kick by Mark Dryden
(So., Arbroath, Scotland, Arbroath HS) that was finished off by Jason Batek
(Fr., Chillicothe, Ill., Illinois Valley Central HS).
The goal is Batek's first in his collegiate career, while Dryden now has a team-best two assists in 2011.
Central answered the score with a final one of its own with just 2:17 left on the clock.Sam Gurski
(So., Beaumont, Texas, West Brook HS) recorded six saves in the start, while Mason Bandy
(Fr., Calgary, Alberta, St. Francis HS) matched him with six stops in his collegiate debut.Next:
The Statesmen remain at home next Saturday to host Grand View in Midwest Collegiate Conference action at 7 p.m.