Record: 9-5-1 Home: 5-2-1 Away: 4-3 Heart: 5-4
Teddy Edlund scored his first collegiate goal Thursday
Teddy Edlund scored his first collegiate goal Thursday
William Penn
Men's Soccer - Thu, Nov. 3, 2016

Canton, Mo.--The Statesmen men's soccer team learned how sweet revenge could be with a 3-2 win over #8 seed Culver-Stockton in a Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Play-In Game Thursday.

Ninth-seeded William Penn (8-9-2) will now face the tourney's top seed and #7 MidAmerica Nazarene in the quarterfinals Saturday at 1 p.m. in Olathe, Kan.  In their first meeting on September 17 in Olathe, the Statesmen were defeated 6-1 by the Pioneers.

The visitors were outshot 17-11 Thursday, but came out of the gate strong as Teddy Edlund (Fr., Umea, Sweden, Physical Education) finished off a pass from Joey Messina (Fr., New London, Wisconsin, Information Technology) in the 10th minute.  The goal is Edlund's first as a collegiate player.

Unfortunately, the navy and gold failed to add to the advantage in the first half, but came up with another quick goal in the second period.  Jack Kindell-Brown (So., Chelmsford, England, Physical Education) sent in a corner kick to the far post that was redirected back into the box by Callum Doyle (Fr., Southampton, England, Communications) and eventually put away by Lewis Hubbard (So., Colchester, England, Sociology) at the 52:08 mark.  Hubbard has now scored twice this fall.

The Wildcats, who ended their year at 8-8-3, had a quick answer, though, only one minute later, and then knotted the contest at 2-2 just 23 seconds after that.

Fortunately, WPU regained the edge for good at the 58:56 juncture.  Culver-Stockton was called for a foul in the box and Nenad Markovic (Fr., Belgrade, Serbia) made the home squad pay with a penalty kick score.  Markovic's 15th goal ties for the second-most in school history and is just one shy of the program record (most since 2006).

C-SC produced a few chances down the stretch, but could not tally the equalizer as WPU avenged a 3-2 overtime loss in Oskaloosa on October 12.

Caleb Pipes-Goulsbra (Jr., Lincoln, England, Exercise Science) made it stick with six saves in goal.

"This was a fantastic win for us," Head Coach Jaymee Highcock said.  "We feel like we had unfinished business against them and we certainly made the most of the opportunity we had.  With three wins in our last four games, we are improving with each time out."

"We are taking it game by game and are really looking forward to going up against MidAmerica Nazarene on Saturday," Highcock added.  "The players can be proud of their effort tonight and we will do everything we can to get a big win on Saturday."