MEN'S SOCCER
Record: 8-10-2 Home: 4-4-1 Away: 4-5-1 Neutral: 0-1 Heart: 4-7-1
 
 
William Penn ends its season with at least eight wins for the 10th time in program history
William Penn ends its season with at least eight wins for the 10th time in program history
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William Penn
(7)MidAmerica Nazarene
Men's Soccer - Sat, Nov. 5, 2016

Olathe, Kan.--The Statesmen men's soccer team fought off attack after attack and nearly put itself in position to advance via a shootout win, but a heartbreaking late goal ended its 2016 campaign with a 1-0 double-overtime loss to #7 MidAmerica Nazarene in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Quarterfinals Saturday.

#9 seed William Penn, which finished the season with an 8-10-2 record, was outshot 25-4 (20-4 during regulation), but did not permit a score against the top-seeded Pioneers (15-2-1) during the first 90 minutes to force overtime.

The Statesmen, who were paced by two shots from Nenad Markovic (So., Belgrade, Serbia), kept the contest scoreless through the first extra session and was mere seconds from getting through the second and final overtime unscathed as well.

Unfortunately, MNU produced one final scoring chance and after the ball was bicycle-kicked back into the box by one of his teammates, Jonathan Taylor finished the contest by getting a shot past William Penn keeper Caleb Pipes-Goulsbra (Jr., Lincoln, England, Exercise Science) with only 12 seconds left.  Had the ball not gone in, WPU would have reached a shootout situation.

Pipes-Goulsbra recorded nine saves Saturday, while Teddy Edlund (Fr., Umea, Sweden, Physical Education) managed the only shot on goal against MNU.

"This was a devastating way to end the season," Head Coach Jaymee Highcock said.  "We held the national runner-up scoreless until the final few seconds.  I am extremely proud of my team and the amount of effort they put in.  They left it all on the field and that is all you can ask for as a coach."

"We competed with, and actually beat, some of the best teams in the nation," Highcock added.  "I want to thank my staff and players for making it another season to be proud of."

The loss ends the collegiate careers of Facundo Benitez (Buenos Aires, Argentina, Business Management), Joni Cruz (Salinas, Calif., Psychology), Renato Firmento (Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil), Jeremy Esparza (Evergreen Park, Ill., Pre-Law), Santos Ortiz (Cocula, Mexico, Business Management), Ralph Duopu-Turner (Monrovia, Liberia, Physical Education), Bruno Vencovsky (Sao Paulo, Brazil, Mechanical Engineering), and Santiago Goytia Zamora (Salta, Argentina, Industrial Technology).