Ekobo Lifts St. Mary's Men's Soccer Past Washington College

Zack Haussler '18 ... Photo credit: Bill Wood
Zack Haussler '18 ... Photo credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · Tuesday, September 5, 2017 · nmoran@smcm.edu

St. Mary's City, Md. – First-year forward Isaac Ekobo (Hyattsville, Md./Thomas Stone) helped the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's soccer team to their second straight victory with his first career goal. The Seahawks picked up a 1-0 non-conference win over Washington College Tuesday afternoon.

St. Mary's (Md.) 1, Washington College 0

How It Happened

  • St. Mary's dominated the action from the opening whistle, notching 22 shots to the Shoremen's 10.
  • The Seahawks outshot Washington College, 12-3, and posted a 7-0 margin in corner kicks in the first 45 minutes.
  • The Shoremen backline stood strong as Josh Samuels came up with three stops and preserved the scoreless draw heading into halftime.
  • The action was back-and-forth in the second half as Washington College picked up its offensive momentum to keep pace with St. Mary's.
  • Seahawk Stadium seemed destined to experience its third straight overtime contest until Ekobo finally broke through in the 86th minute. Fellow first-year forward Tyler Kurack (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) sent in a cross from the left side into the middle of the box where Ekobo one-timed his shot right down the middle of the goal.

For the Seahawks (2-1)

  • Scorers: Ekobo (1 goal); Kurack (1 assist)
  • Goalkeeper: Zack Haussler (3 saves, 0 goals allowed, 90:00)
  • St. Mary's finished the contest with 22 shots (five on goal) and 13 corner kicks.

For Washington (0-2)

  • Scorers: None
  • Goalkeeper: Josh Samuels (4 saves, 1 goal allowed, 90:00)
  • The Shoremen tallied 10 shots (three on goal) and two corner kicks.


  • Today's victory moves seventh-year head Alun Oliver '04 into a tie for second all-time with 49 coaching victories. Coach Oliver has equaled his former coach and mentor, Eric Wagner, who coached at St. Mary's from 1997 to 2001 and finished with a 49-42 record in five seasons.
  • The Seahawks improve to 5-7-3 against Washington College and have now won two straight over the Shoremen.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Sept. 9 vs. Oglethorpe University (2-0) – Seahawk Soccer Classic – Seahawk Stadium – 2:00 p.m.

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