Shoremen settle for 2 draws to open soccer season

CHESTERTOWN — One win was enough for Moravian to capture the Athey Cup in men’s soccer here over the Labor Day weekend.

The tournament is named for Washington College’s former coach and longtime athletic director Edward L. Athey.
After battling host Washington to a scoreless draw Friday, Moravian (1-0-1) defeated Stevenson in the first game on Saturday’s card, 2-0.

Washington and Penn State Abington both came away with a pair of ties for an 0-0-2 start to their respective seasons, while Stevenson (0-1-1) posted a tie (0-0 with Abington) followed by Saturday’s loss to Moravian.

The Shoremen’s first goal of the 2023 campaign came in the 15th minute of Saturday afternoon’s match against Abington’s Nittany Lions. Senior Chris Comber’s header off a corner kick by classmate Alex Coster was saved by senior keeper Matt Sheldon, but the rebound landed at the feet of Ben Strine, also a senior, whose shot from about eight yards out found the right side of the net.

Washington nearly doubled its advantage with two minutes and change remaining in the first half, but sophomore Tyler Davidson’s shot was just wide to the left.

The locals finished with an 8-3 advantage in shots in the first half, including a header from Chestertown senior Mayowa Taiwo in the 35th minute that was wide right.

The Nittany Lions had two shots on frame in rapid succession in the opening 2 minutes, 48 seconds that required saves by junior Cole White. Their last shot of the half, with all but 10 seconds elapsed, also required a save by White.

A defensive save by sophomore Grant Sopa in the 58th minute kept the guests off the scoreboard.

The Nittany Lions subsequently solved White in the 62nd minute when freshman Hugh Nungessor corralled a pass from senior Mike Thomas off of a corner kick from near the left post. White (five saves) got a piece of the ball, but not enough to keep it from going into the net.

The Shoremen had half a dozen quality shots over the final 30 minutes, but they were either blocked or sailed wide and did not require a save from Brendan Werner, who replaced Sheldon to start the second half.

Washington finished with a slim 15-10 advantage in shots, but Penn State Abington led 7-2 in shots on frame.

On day one of the Sept. 1-2 tournament, neither Washington nor Moravian could find the back of the net.

Senior midfielder Ben Horgan had the Shoremen’s best scoring chance. In the 14th minute, he broke through on the left side and forced a fingertip save from Andrew Remias. The Greyhounds’ senior keeper (five saves) used all of his 6-foot-6 frame to get down and usher the shot out for a corner.

Washington senior Anthony Pinto, who played all 90 minutes in between the pipes, was not required to make a save.

The Greyhounds’ best look at scoring in the first half came in the 10th minute on a Hunter Shay header from a free kick that soared over the crossbar.

In the 87th minute, the ball broke for Zach Nicholas on the left side of the box but failed to work Pinto.

Roy Dunshee is in his 12th season as Washington’s head coach.

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CHESTERTOWN — Washington and Stevenson played to a 1-1 tie Friday in the first women’s soccer match of 2023 for both sides.

The Mustangs scored first on a Karly Sheahan penalty kick in the 50th minute.

Junior Reagan Longridge evened the score for the home team in the 67th minute when her shot from 25 yards out found the top shelf.

Washington led 14-9 in shots and 6-4 in corner kicks.

Sophomore Hailey Sharpe played the first 57 minutes, 22 seconds in the net for the home team before being spelled by freshman Olivia Allen (two saves).

This was the third straight year that Washington and Stevenson met in the season opener. Washington won 1-0 at Stevenson in 2022 and 3-0 at home in 2021.

Tom Reilly is beginning his seventh year as the Shore ladies’ head coach.

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