MOUNT PLEASANT – Levor Henry (Sr.-St. Johns, Antigua) scored with less than two minutes left in the match and the Iowa Wesleyan College men’s soccer team held on to edge Illinois College 1-0 Sunday afternoon at East Lake Park in a non-conference match.
The Tigers once again were part of a dramatic finish, playing their third match of the season to be decided in the final two minutes. IWC won in such a situation for the second time this year and improved to 2-3, while Illinois College dropped to 0-4.
Wesleyan dominated possession throughout and outshot the Blueboys 23-4, but was unable to break through until just 1:30 remained in the match. Henry was able to score with assists from Jesus Soto (Jr.-Rockton, Ill.) and Albert Michael (Fr.-St. Johns, Antigua), and Illinois College was unable to get a shot off in the final minute-plus.
The Tigers outshot IC 9-2 in the first half and 14-2 in the second half, controlling the second half despite kicking into the wind. Despite the shot advantage, IWC was only able to put a total of nine shots on goal, including three in the first half.
Troy Osborne (Jr.-Sydney, Australia) made two saves for the Tigers and picked up his first shutout this year. Trevor Donahue made eight saves in goal for the Blueboys.
The win for IWC followed a 1-0 loss to William Woods (Mo.) University on Wednesday when the Owls scored with 1:50 left in the match to win. Wesleyan also won its opening match of the season against Concordia (Neb.) University by a 1-0 score when Michael scored with an assist from Henry with just 1:45 left in the match.
The win was also the second career win as Iowa Wesleyan coach for Shane Taylor and his first win at IWC against his former school. Taylor coached the Illinois College men’s program from 2005-09 and also coached the IC women’s program from 2008-09.
The Tigers will go for their third win of the season when they take on Culver-Stockton (Mo.) College on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Canton, Mo.
Box score IWC 1 Illinois College 0