Record: 9-5-1 Home: 5-2-1 Away: 4-3 Heart: 5-4
Joey Messina scored his first collegiate goal against Clarke
Joey Messina scored his first collegiate goal against Clarke
William Penn
Men's Soccer - Tue, Sep. 26, 2017

Dubuque--The William Penn men's soccer team went on the offensive Tuesday in defeating Clarke 4-3 in Heart of America Athletic Conference play.

WPU (5-3-1, 2-2 Heart), which owned a 27-15 advantage in shots, tied a season high for goals against the Pride (2-6, 0-2 Heart).

Francis Koroma (Sr., Brooklyn Park, Minn., General Accounting) gave the navy and gold the early advance, scoring off a pass from Amgad Hassan (So., Falls Church, Va., Computer Science) 12:04 into the matchup.  The goal is Koroma's second of 2017.

Just over seven minutes later, Daniel Hernandez (Jr., Tulare, Calif., Mechanical Engineering), who topped the Statesmen with four shots, put one of them past Clarke's keeper to make it 2-0.  Jack Kindell-Brown (Jr., Chelmsford, England, Physical Education) was credited with the assist.  Hernandez matched Koroma with his second goal.

WPU dominated the first half, but unfortunately only held a one-goal edge at the break as the Pride snuck in a goal just 28 seconds before halftime.

Clarke carried that momentum into the second period, tying the game at 2-2 in the 51st minute.  The Statesmen weathered the storm, however, and recaptured the lead for good at the 62:51 mark when Joey Messina (So., New London, Wis., Information Technology) found the netting via a delivery from Steve Lee (Jr., Camberley, England, Exercise Science).  Messina's tally is the first of his career.

An unassisted goal by Diego Navarro (Fr., Madrid, Spain, Mechanical Engineering), his team-leading ninth of the campaign, in the 73rd minute doubled the margin.  CU made it interesting with its third goal at 85:34, but WPU refused to allow the equalizer and walked off victorious.

Guillermo Pineda (Fr., Madrid, Spain, Business Management & Communications) posted seven saves in the triumph.

"It was good to get a win after a few tough road games," Head Coach Jaymee Highcock said.  "However, we made the game much harder than it needed to be and we will address those issues in our upcoming practices.  We looked good in attacking situations and played some very good soccer at times.  We will now work hard to prepare for a tough game on Saturday."

Next Up: William Penn returns to Oskaloosa Saturday to host #6 MidAmerica Nazarene in Heart action at 7:30 p.m.