Men’s Soccer: Koger leads Tribe to sixth straight victory

Senior forward Alan Koger once again provided the offensive highlights, as William and Mary
(11-2-1, 6-1-1 CAA) extended its unbeaten streak to eight games with a 2-1 win over Delaware
Saturday night.

Koger scored each of the College’s goals for the third straight match, as the senior found the back of the net in both the 10th and 42nd minutes versus the Blue Hens.

“Alan’s really on a great run of form,” Head Coach Chris Norris said. “He’s playing extremely well right now in all aspects of his game, not just his goal scoring. It was a huge lift in this sort of game.”

Koger now leads the Tribe with eight goals this season, four of which have come in the past week. The College took an early lead less than 10 minutes into the match when senior midfielder Jimmy Carroll’s deflected header found Koger on the right side of the Delaware goal. The senior bent the shot into the top right corner for his seventh goal of the season.

The senior forward then netted the game-winner at the end of the first half, when sophomore midfielder Ben Anderson connected with Koger off of a corner kick. Anderson sent the kick
to the back post, where Koger found it, and headed it into the top right corner of the goal from three yards out for goal number eight.

“I was on a drought at the beginning of the season a little bit, but it’s coming to me. We’re getting some goals, and defense is playing so well right now,” Koger said. “It’s huge for us. Midfield is coming up, and they’re giving me good balls. All I have to do is get in front of the goal and finish.”

Koger had multiple chances for a third goal, but could not complete the hat trick. One shot in the second half was initially ruled a goal, but the offsides flag was raised and the goal was taken away.
During the first half, the College dominated possession with seven shots — five by Koger — to the Blue Hens’s four. The Tribe ended up with 10 shots for the game, and seven shots on goal.

Nearly the only statistic in which Delaware led for the night was yellow cards and fouls, as the Blue Hens racked up four cards and 11 fouls on the night. In the second half, the Blue Hens attempted a comeback when forward Mike White fired a shot into the bottom left corner of the Tribe’s goal. But Delaware received few offensive opportunities after that point thanks to the Tribe’s strong defense.

“In the end, we gave one back, and Alan’s two goals were the difference,” Norris said.


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