Record: 9-5-1 Home: 5-2-1 Away: 4-3 Heart: 5-4
Nenad Markovic tallied a goal with three assists in the win
Nenad Markovic tallied a goal with three assists in the win
William Penn
Men's Soccer - Wed, Oct. 5, 2016

Oskaloosa--Guided by two goals each from Facundo Benitez (Sr., Buenos Aires, Argentina, Business Management) and Juan Salazar (Fr., Buga, Colombia, Exercise Science) and a trio of assists by Nenad Markovic (So., Belgrade, Serbia), the Statesmen men's soccer team cruised past Clarke 5-1 in Heart of America Athletic Conference action Wednesday.

William Penn (5-5-2, 2-3-1 Heart) owned just an 18-10 edge in shots, but made the most of its chances.

After over 24 minutes of scoreless play to open the evening, Benitez finally broke through at the 25:23 mark off a pass from Markovic.  Just six minutes later, Markovic collected a loose ball and buried it for a 2-0 halftime edge.  Markovic now leads the Statesmen with 10 goals.

The Crusaders (1-9, 0-5 Heart) once again slowed the navy and gold in the early moments of the latter half, but Salazar took over as he scored on setups from Markovic in the 64th and 68th minutes.

CU unfortunately broke up the shutout a bit later, but then Benitez put the hosts back up by four goals again with his second tally at the 84:45 juncture.  The assist was credit to Anfernee Houston (Fr., Harrisburg, Ill., Kinesiology).  Both Benitez and Salazar now have three goals this year.

The five goals are a season high for William Penn and the most for the program since scoring six against Waldorf last October 14.

Caleb Pipes-Goulsbra (Jr., Lincoln, England, Exercise Science) stopped four shots in the victory.

"This was a strong performance and a good victory for us," Head Coach Jaymee Highcock said.  "We played some good soccer and took advantage of our chances.  Everyone played well and worked hard.  Now we look forward to a big game against Central Methodist."

Next Up: William Penn travels to Fayette, Mo. Sunday to face Central Methodist in Heart action at 2 p.m.