Conference tourney’s top seed at stake for Shoremen tonight

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — With one swift kick, senior midfielder Mayowa Taiwo helped put the Shoremen in a position to earn the top seed in the Centennial Conference soccer tournament that begins next week.

Taiwo’s goal in the 75th minute Oct. 21 sealed Washington’s 2-0 victory at Muhlenberg and solidified at least a No. 2 seed in the six-team tournament and a bye into the semifinal round.

Washington is 10-1-5 on the season, and 6-1-1 in the conference.

The regular-season finale is Saturday night, Oct. 28 at home against CC front-runner and No. 5-ranked Franklin & Marshall (13-1-2, 6-0-2).

The opening kick is at 7 p.m.

“Our team played very good soccer.  We were patient in attack and made Muhlenberg work hard on defense,” Washington coach Roy Dunshee wrote in an email to The Evening Enterprise.

He said Muhlenberg (11-3-2, 5-2-2) has “a very potent attack and we wanted to limit their opportunities on the ball. They had some spells in our end that we had to endure, and our defense was fantastic.”

Chris Comber and Sebastien Linares were “rock-solid” in the central defense, according to Dunshee.

Goalkeeper Anthony Pinto (three saves) was called into action multiple times and did “spectacularly.”  

Washington scored twice in the second half despite being outshot, 12-5.

Tucker Sprano netted what turned out to be the winning goal in the 54th minute.

Kent County High School graduate Taiwo added the insurance goal in the 75th minute.

According to Dunshee, Taiwo’s goal — on his first shot of the season — was the result of some excellent defending high up the field. 

Tyler Davidson deflected the ball and Jackson Sopa muscled it away from a defender to initiate a multi-pass sequence. 

Linares played a perfect through-ball to Cole Gifford who found Davidson at the top of the penalty area.  Davidson alertly shifted the ball to Taiwo who was waiting in a great position and accelerated past his marker and beat goalkeeper Ben Mulford with a smart finish. 

“It was a great team goal and certainly well-earned by Mayowa,” Dunshee said in the email.  

Washington’s first goal resulted from great pressure on the ball by Dominic Miller, whose interception found first-year player Sprano. 

Sprano weaved through a couple of defenders and found Katim Njie in front of the goal. Njie spun and released a great shot which was saved by Mulford. Sprano pounced on the rebound to score his first collegiate goal.  

 

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