Weatherholt nails last second, 2OT game-winner for Muskingum


Muskingum forward Mitchell Corey (left) celebrates with freshman Blake Weatherholt (right) following Weatherholt’s game-winning shot in the last mintue of double-overtime. Muskies beat Washington & Jefferson, 2-1.

By Nick McWilliams, Sports Director

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition for heartbreak is as follows — crushing grief, anguish or distress. Traveling an hour and a half and being on the cusp of knocking off the home team only to watch it disappear in the last minute of double-overtime is the sports equivalent of heartbreak.

Freshman Blake Weatherholt dished out the winning goal with just :55 left on the clock, following a long cross from teammate and senior Chase Michael Hilliard. It was a triumphant moment for Muskingum, who had been struggling all night to find offense in the middle of the field and on attacks.

Washington & Jefferson’s defensive front cracked just 21 minutes into the game, when an Omar Lahbiki strike was finished off by Mitchell Corey. Presidents’ goalie Nick Stasko got his hands on the ball, but was unable to punch the shot over the crossbar, as it trickled into the back of the net.

From there, Washington & Jefferson went on the attack, pushing their offense upfield while turning away the Muskies for the rest of the first half. At the 67′ minute mark, the Presidents broke through.

A corner kick from Matt Prezioso set up Connor Anderson, who punched the ball past Muskingum goalie Josh Routte, who just missed tipping the shot away as it sailed into the back right corner of the net.

With time winding down, both sides traded offensive attacks. The Presidents, however, were forced to play a man down after the 76′ minute, as Sam Caurdy drew a red card.

Already warned once for talking with a Muskingum fan on the sideline before a free kick, Caurdy was taken off the pitch after the coaching staff continually yelled across the field for their players to “keep quiet.” The man advantage did not materialize into any offense for the Muskies until Weatherholt finally broke through.

With the win, Muskingum has now notched four-straight victories, right before the Ohio Athletic Conference portion of the season kicks off against John Carroll on Saturday. Leaving the out of conference part of the season with an above .500 mark, the Muskies will now set their sights on OAC gold.