MEN'S SOCCER
Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 Heart: 0-0
 
 
Joni Cruz had a second-half score Wednesday
Joni Cruz had a second-half score Wednesday
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William Penn
Culver-Stockton
Men's Soccer - Wed, Oct. 12, 2016

Canton, Mo.--The Statesmen men's soccer team failed to hold a late advantage in regulation and then eventually succumbed to Culver-Stockton in a heart-breaking 3-2 double-overtime loss in Heart of America Athletic Conference action Wednesday.

William Penn (5-7-2, 2-5-1 Heart) was outshot by the Wildcats (6-5-3, 3-4-1 Heart) 25-14, including 9-5 in the first half, but led 1-0 at intermission courtesy of a penalty kick goal by Tom Denat (Fr., Tolouse, France, Physical Education) at the 22:51 mark.  The goal is Denat's first in his collegiate career.

It would not be the only time a penalty kick would come into play however.

Joni Cruz (Sr., Salinas, Calif., Psychology) doubled the advantage just 4:45 into the latter period with his third score of the season.  Soon after that tally, the visitors lost a player to a red card and played a man down the remainder of the matchup.

Still up 2-0 in the waning minutes, William Penn appeared on its way to a solid road victory that would help it move up the league standings.  C-SC and Alejandro Mentasti had other thoughts, though, and he scored in the 80th minute and then again with exactly 60 seconds remaining in the contest to force extra play.

Neither team found the back of the netting in the first OT or in the first nine-plus minutes of the second session.  Then, with just 18 seconds left, a Culver-Stockton player dribbled into the box and was taken down by Caleb Pipes-Goulsbra (Jr., Lincoln, England, Exercise Science), resulting in a PK try.

Mentasti took the attempt, but Pipes-Goulsbra came up with a huge diving block, his 11th of the evening.  Unfortunately, the ball squirted away from him and right back to Mentasti, who buried it for the win.

Nenad Markovic (So., Belgrade, Serbia) finished with a team-best six shots.

"This was the strangest game you could have ever seen," Head Coach Jaymee Highcock said.  "Luck was clearly not on our side and we by no means got what we deserved.  I thought we were the better team throughout.  We played fantastic and can be proud of the effort we put forth.  We will work hard and go again against Benedictine Saturday."

Next Up: William Penn returns to Oskaloosa Saturday to face #9 Benedictine in Heart play at 8 p.m.