OMAHA, Neb. - The Drake men's soccer team surrendered four goals, including three in the second half en route to dropping a 4-1 decision versus William and Mary on Friday (Sept. 14) at the Creighton Invitational.
The fours goals is the most given up by the Bulldogs in a game since a 6-4 victory past Boston College in the Sweet 16 round of the 2009 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship.
"Its been a long time since someone has put four past us," Drake head coach Sean Holmes commented. "When we were scoreless in the 43rd minute I felt very comfortable going into the halftime break believing we'd be in good shape for second half. Giving up a silly penalty right before the intermission deflated us a little and ultimately it placed an unnecessary strain on us trying to chase a result."
The Tribe cracked the scoring column first in the 43rd minute (42:43) when Ben Anderson converted a successful penalty kick following a Drake foul in the box sending William and Mary into the break with a 1-0 advantage.
The Tribe outshot the Bulldogs in the initial stanza, 13-7, en route to a 22-11 shot margin for the contest.
Marcus Lister extended William and Mary's lead to 2-0 with a goal at the 49:25 mark.
Ryan Flesch pushed the margin to 3-0 delivering a goal in the 57th minute (56:25) off a Jackson Eskay assist.
The Tribe capped their scoring efforts at the 66:55 mark courtesy of a goal from Chris Perez. Anderson garnered the assist on the tally.
"The game was decided in the 15-min period early in second half where our youth and inexperience was a little too overwhelming," said Holmes. "We played very solidly for long stretches of the game, but we lacked the maturity and steel to finish off opponents like William and Mary."
Junior Garrett Crall (Norwalk, Iowa/Norwalk) denied William and Mary and goalkeeper Bennett Jones the shutout recording his first goal of the season in the 89th minute (88:14). Freshman Jon Choda (Waukee, Iowa/Waukee) earned his first collegiate point with the assist on the play.
"When we graduated so many of our goals last year I knew we would struggle to scores goals, but this has been all part of our learning process," Holmes explained. "I didn't do us any favors by creating this challenging road schedule, but part of me thought that our upperclassmen would drag us kicking and screaming through challenging periods. These are the type of games that will make us more than ready for MVC play."
Four different players each registered a game-high three shots for William and Mary, while senior Michael Thaden (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley), redshirt sophomore Jarred Arde (Gulfport, Miss./Gulfport) and freshman Austin Reutzel (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Prairie) paced the Bulldogs with two shots apiece.
Redshirt junior Rich Gallagher (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest Academy) pulled in a game-high eight saves for Drake, while Jones didn't make stop for the Tribe.
"If we ever put together a full 90 minutes we can get decent results," Holmes stated. "Now we have to sustain efforts from more than 2-4 guys at the top, we need the efforts from everyone to be successful."
The Bulldogs close out action at the Creighton Invitational on Sunday (Sept. 16) with an 11:30 contest versus No. 14 Old Dominion.