DELAWARE, Ohio – The Washington and Lee men's soccer team scored three second-half goals to defeat 18th-ranked Ohio Wesleyan by a score of 3-1 on Saturday in the opening day of the Adidas Invitational hosted by the Battling Bishops.
OWU (3-1) grabbed the advantage early when senior forward Kyle Baum collected a through ball from senior midfielder Neil Wilson and slipped a shot past W&L junior goalkeeper Gillen Beck (Blacksburg, Va. / Blacksburg) at the 2:37 mark.
The Battling Bishops limited the Generals (3-1) to just three shots in the first half and took the 1-0 lead into the break.
W&L started to mount more consistent pressure in the opening minutes of the second half and broke through at 65:00 when senior defender Dylan Stroud (Chester, N.J. / Delbarton School) headed the ball home off a corner taken by sophomore midfielder Dylan Ritch (Mint Hill, N.C. / Independence). The Generals were the beneficiary of another corner kick in the 73rd minute and capitalized when junior midfielder Sam Knapke's (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Benet Academy) corner found senior midfielder David Cohen (Chesterfield, N.J. / Northern Burlington County Regional), who headed it home for a 2-1 advantage.
First-year defender Oliver Dolberg (Clovis, Calif. / Buchanan) added an insurance goal at 84:12, as the Generals claimed their third straight win and second over a Top 20 program.
For the game, OWU held a 15-14 edge in shots and W&L claimed a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks. Beck posted six saves in 90 minutes in goal and senior Ben Farynowski stopped two shots while playing the duration in goal for the Battling Bishops.
The Generals will return to the pitch on Sunday with their second game from the Adidas Invitational. W&L takes on Wooster at 11:00 am.