Red Hawks defeat William Jessup for first win
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University men’s soccer team clashed with its fiercest conference rival, William Jessup University, over the weekend. For all who were fortunate enough to watch, it was an exceptional match. William Jessup and Simpson have been engaged in one of the biggest rivalries the California Pacific Conference has seen in years. On Saturday, Oct. 3, the two teams participated in one of the best games of the season.
William Jessup scored first on a Tyler McKean goal that came in the first 10 minutes of the game. Simpson, however, answered back scoring the next two straight goals. The Red Hawks' David Robertson scored in the first half, and Nate Butterfield scored in the second. A William Jessup player received a red card, which forced his team to play one player down for the remainder of regulation. These goals and red card violation set up the last minutes of regulation, which were the most dramatic of the season for the men’s soccer team.
With the final seconds of regulation ticking off the clock, it looked as if Simpson had all but sealed the win. When as regulation expired the head referee signaled that William Jessup would receive a final corner kick. William Jessup pulled their goalie in an effort to stack their team in front of the goal. William Jessup goalie Jeff Dunn timed his jump perfectly and fielded the corner kick sending it into the goal for the tying score. For the moment it seemed as though the game was going into overtime. Then, the assistant referee ran to the middle of the field and signaled that a hand violation had occurred on the shot, negating the point and giving Simpson the victory. Both teams erupted in a dichotomy of emotions; the decision, however, was final and Simpson racked up one of the biggest wins of the year.
The Red Hawk men’s soccer team’s next game is Wednesday, Oct. 7 against Holy Names University. Kick-off starts at 3 p.m. at Simpson University’s soccer field.
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