SALINA, Kan. – The Westminster College men’s soccer team fell to No. 18 Kansas Wesleyan by a score of 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Salina Stadium.
The loss drops Westminster to 6-4-1 overall this season, while Kansas Wesleyan improves to 5-2-2.
KWU got on the board first with a goal in the 13th minute by Jose Velasco. Ricardo Raygoza played a ball to Velasco, which led to the opening goal of the contest. The home squad would push the lead to 2-0 in the 16th minute when Raygoza collected a deflected shot and fired it into the goal.
The Griffins would get on the board in the 22nd minute when KWU was whistled for a foul in the penalty area. Ryan Smith would put away the penalty kick to cut the deficit in half. The team-leading sixth goal of the season for Smith was the Griffins first shot of the afternoon.
With the score at 2-1 heading towards halftime, KWU scored again just 90 seconds before the intermission. Ryan Igrassia got his head on a cross by Javier Cervantes and directed it in the goal to give KWU a 3-1 lead heading into halftime.
Westminster would apply more pressure in the second half and that led to a goal by Marcus Brown in the 62nd minute. Brown played the ball ahead to himself and then flicked a shot over the keeper for the first goal of his career.
After being outshot 13-1 in the first half, Westminster managed five shots in the second 45 minutes. They were efficient on those shots with two goals and four shots on goal. The Griffins took three corner kicks and suffered 11 fouls by KWU. Damir Sabaonvic kept the Griffins in the game all afternoon with a career-high 10 saves.
Westminster will conclude its road trip on Sunday when it face McPherson (Kan.) at 1 p.m.