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No. 11 Generals battle Stockton to scoreless draw in Maryland

The 11th-ranked Washington and Lee men’s soccer team battled to a scoreless draw against Stockton on Tuesday, in a closely contested match at the Maryland Soccerplex.

In the early stages of the game, both teams found it challenging to create scoring opportunities, with only three attempts combined in the opening 23 minutes. The Ospreys of Stockton (1-0-1) then unleashed four shots in the following 14 minutes, testing the Generals’ keeper, Will Joseph, who made a crucial save in the 34th minute. However, the Generals (0-1-2) had the final two chances of the first half, with first-year player Aaron Cordova forcing Stockton’s goalkeeper, Brady Bartletta, to make a save in the 40th minute.

The second half saw an increase in aggression from both sides, particularly in the opening minutes. Stockton managed two of the half’s first three attempts within the first 2 minutes and 11 seconds. However, the Generals began to break down the Stockton defense and started to pepper the opposition’s goal. Between the 57th and 68th minutes, Washington and Lee not only held Stockton without a shot but took seven attempts of their own. Senior Grant McCarty came close in the 65th minute, but Bartletta made another critical save.

In the 70th minute, junior Lucas Pleasants had one of the final attempts for the Generals, aiming for the low, left corner of the frame, but Bartletta was equal to the task.

Stockton managed to control four of the final five shots in the match during the last 21 minutes, but none of them were on target. Joseph, Washington and Lee’s goalkeeper, recorded his final save of the game in the 46th minute on Stockton’s first shot of the second half.

In terms of standout performances, Joseph was the star for Washington and Lee, recording three saves and securing his second clean sheet of the season. On the offensive end, McCarty led all players with four shots, while Pleasants was the only other Generals’ player with multiple shot attempts. Joseph Carbone led the Ospreys with three shots, including two on target.

A notable achievement for Joseph is becoming the first goalkeeper since Michael Nyc in 2019 to record two shutouts within the team’s first three games of a season. So far this season, Joseph has played every minute, conceding just one goal while making 15 saves.

In terms of team statistics, Washington and Lee held the edge in total shots, finishing with a slight 13-11 advantage after being outshot 6-5 in the first half. The Generals also dominated in corner kicks, with an 8-4 margin over Stockton.

Looking ahead, the Generals will aim to bounce back in their home opener on Friday at 7:00 p.m. when they face Sewanee.

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