Shoremen break into win column at Salisbury, 3-1

CARLISLE, Pa. — There is no longer overtime in collegiate soccer, which may help to explain how the Shoremen are unbeaten but only have one win through six matches.

On Saturday afternoon, in the Centennial Conference opener for both schools, Washington and host Dickinson played to a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes.

It was the fifth tie for the Shoremen, who have outshot their collective opponents, 76-56.

Ben Strine and Shepherd Koffie found the back of the net for Washington to give the visiting team a 2-1 lead in the 56th minute.

Dickinson (3-1-1) got on the board in the seventh minute on Saul Iwowo’s penalty kick, which was awarded after an attacking player was pulled down in the box.

Strine’s unassisted goal in the 18th minute leveled the score at 1-all.

There was only one more shot through the opening half when Chaz Smith’s kick went directly into the hands of Shore keeper Anthony Pinto.

Washington (1-0-5) was the aggressor early into the second half, earning three corner kicks in succession and getting off two shots. The payoff was Koffie’s go-ahead goal.

Dickinson responded with the next three chances. Connor Uitterdijk missed to the left in the 62nd minute. Eight minutes later, Cole Jennings had a shot blocked that fell to Iwowo, who slipped a pass to Finn Weber that he pounded home for the equalizer.

Washington had two quality chances to regain the lead; Katim Njie in the 77th minute was blocked and Tshazi Kamau in the 80th minute pinged the crossbar above Alexander Henrich.

The Red and White answered back with the final four shots of the match, including three by Iwowo. Weber’s shot low and to the center of the net with 30 seconds remaining required a save from Pinto.

Pinto made two of his three saves in the final seven minutes.

All 10 Centennial schools were in action on Saturday, with four of the five matches ending in a tie. The exception was McDaniel’s 4-1 win at home over Ursinus.

In a preseason vote by the conference’s head coaches, Johns Hopkins was the favorite with eight first-place votes and 79 points.

Franklin & Marshall (72) and defending champion Muhlenberg (58) each secured one first-place vote and finished second and third in the voting, respectively.

Gettysburg (57) was fourth, one point behind Muhlenberg.

Washington (56) and Dickinson (40) also were projected to finish in the top six and thereby qualify for the CC playoff tournament.

Swarthmore (33), Haverford (21), McDaniel (21) and Ursinus (13) rounded out the poll.

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SALISBURY — After four ties to open the season, Washington broke into the win column Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Salisbury.

Katim Njie and Chris Comber gave the Shoremen a 2-0 lead at the break on the way to a 3-1 victory.

The locals led 9-3 in shots in the opening half, with Njie finding the back of the net in the 11th minute and Comber from Shepherd Koffie scoring what held up to be the winning goal in the 30th minute.

Out of intermission, Salisbury’s Alex Floyd endured contact in the box and connected on his chance from the spot, burying a penalty kick in the 57th minute to cut the deficit in half, 2-1.

Washington re-established its two-goal lead in the 66th minute, Tshazi Kamau finishing off a pass from Njie.

Washington led 17-10 in shots, which included an 11-5 edge in shots on frame.

Pinto was credited with four saves.

At the other end, Skyler McCarthy went the distance in goal, making a season-high eight saves.

NEXT UP for Washington is a home match with Rowan at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19.

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