November 30, 2020

Webster loses 2-1 to William Woods, looks ahead to nationally ranked Wheaton

Carlos Espinosa dribbles towards the Owls goal in the second half of Thursday nights game. PHOTO BY AVA ROESSLEIN

The Webster University men’s soccer team lost a close game on Thursday, Sept. 20 when the team fell to the William Woods Owls 2-1 at St. Louis Soccer Park.

The Gorloks got on the board first when midfielder Carlos Espinosa scored in the 37th minute of the game to give Webster a 1-0 lead. It’s his third goal in the team’s last two games. Only a minute later, William Woods came right back. Owl midfielder Ryan Mann scored in the 38th minute of the first half to tie the score 1-1.

The Gorloks kept the game equal the majority of the second half, going toe-to-toe with the Owls and matching their intensity. Webster’s best scoring opportunity came on a free kick from forward Clint Carder, but it sailed too high. The Gorloks received no cards in the game and the Owls received three.

Still, the Gorloks couldn’t get that next goal. That goal belonged to William Woods midfielder J.P. Parra, who scored for the Owls with just 12 minutes remaining in the game. Despite Webster’s efforts, the team couldn’t answer.

“It was unfortunate for us that we weren’t able to put the ball in the back of the net, but I told the guys this is the hardest we’ve played all year,” team captain Kyle Leonard said. “We’ve just gotta keep it going from there.”

Senior midfielder Agustin Villalba and sophomore midfielder Josh Papes both sustained injuries during the game.

Webster will now turn their focus to the Wheaton College (IL), who is currently nationally ranked 15th in NCAA Division III. The Gorloks will be at home at St. Louis Soccer Park. Webster now drops to 3-3 on the season with the loss.

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