Shoremen Rally from 3-1 Deficit, Also Clinch Program's Best-Ever Centennial Record
CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Host Washington College scored the final four goals of the game to rally from a 3-1 deficit and post a 5-3 Centennial Conference men's soccer win over visiting Swarthmore College tonight on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. With the win, the Shoremen clinched their first-ever berth in the Centennial Conference Tournament and just their second postseason appearance of any kind since 1973. Washington also clinched their best-ever Centennial Conference record by improving to 5-1-2 in league play with one game left in the regular season.
Washington College 5, Swarthmore 3
How It Happened
- Daniel Lee put the Garnet on the board just 2:09 into the game after he took advantage of a turnover to beat Washington goalkeeper Josh Samuels in a one-on-one situation from 20 yards out.
- The lead grew to 2-0 on Swarthmore's second shot of the game when Billy Evers headed in a free kick sent by Tommy Sheehan at 8:03.
- The Shoremen cut the lead in half just 50 seconds later as Dimitri Kaliakin sent a long free kick into the box that was chipped to the left by Chris Lewandowski and sent into the back of the net by Brian Wilkinson on Washington's first goal of the game.
- The Garnet tacked on their third goal of the game on their third shot of the contest as Evers headed in another free kick from Sheehan at 15:28.
- Swarthmore goalkeeper Michael Thut made a diving save to his left in the 34th minute to stop a shot by Wilkinson after he eluded multiple defenders for a clean shot on goal.
- The Shoremen found their second goal at 37:06 when Brian Graham sent a long cross from 35 yards out into the box that was headed in by Lewandowski to cut the lead to 3-2.
- Washington evened the score at 3-3 at the 54:34 mark when Cole Strong headed in a corner kick sent by Kaliakin.
- In the 83rd minute, Kyle Gaeffke made a great cross into the center of the box to a wide open Griffin Bull in the box, but Bull's shot was stopped by a diving Thut.
- Kaliakin, scoring his first goal of the season, headed in what would prove to be the game-winning goal at the 84:20 mark off a long throw into the box from the right sideline by Graham.
- Samuels came up big in the ensuing minutes for the Shoremen, sacing a free kick by Sheehan in the 85th and making stops on shots by Ryan Meuth and Sheehan in the 88th.
- Bull salted away the win for Washington with his goal from the near left side at 89:19 off an assist from Aaron Barclay.
For the Shoremen (9-5-2, 5-1-2 Centennial Conference)
- Scorers: Kaliakin (1 goal, 2 assists), Lewandowski (1 goal, 1 assist), Wilkinson (1 goal), Strong (1 goal), Bull (1 goal), Graham (2 assists), Barclay (1 assist)
- Goalkeeper: Samuels (6 shots, 3 goals allowed, 90:00)
- The Shoremen had 14 shots and seven corner kicks in the win.
For Swarthmore (7-9-1, 3-5 Centennial Conference)
- Scorers: Evers (2 goals), Lee (1 goal), Sheehan (1 assist)
- Goalkeeper: Thut (3 saves, 5 goals allowed, 90:00)
- The Garnet had 16 shots and four corner kicks in the loss.
- The Shoremen's last appearance in the postseason was a berth in the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Tournament in 2000, the year before the Centennial Conference added a postseason championship tournament. Prior to that, their most recent trip to the postseason was in 1973, when they competed in the Middle Atlantic Conference, Mason-Dixon Conference, and NCAA Tournaments.
- The 2000 team also posted the Shoremen's best-ever Centennial Conference record at 5-3-1; this year's Shoremen will finish to worse than 5-2-2 in Centennial play.
- The Shoremen are now undefeated in the month of October, going 6-0-1 in their past seven games. It is their first seven-game or more unbeaten streak since ending the 2000 season 6-0-2 in their final eight games. (The Shoremen were eliminated from the 2000 ECAC Mid-Atlantic Tournament on penalty kicks in a game that officially is recorded as a tie.)
- The Shoremen's five goals in the win marked the first time they have scored five goals in a Centennial Conference game since a 5-1 win over McDaniel on November 2nd, 2002.
- Kaliakin's two assists were his 10th and 11th of the season and 30th and 31st of his career, extending his own career school record. He has now had at least one assist in seven straight games and has all 11 of his assists this season over the Shoremen's past nine games. Kaliakin is just the fourth player in team history to record 10 assists or more in a season and the first since Ben Fitzgerald tallied 11 in 1975.
Up Next for the Shoremen
10/29 @ Johns Hopkins - 4:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)
- A win or a tie against the Blue Jays would clinch the third seed in the five-team Centennial Conference Tournament for the Shoremen, securing a first-round bye. A loss or tie by Hopkins against McDaniel tomorrow would also clinch the third seed for the Shoremen.