Early second half goal lifts Randolph-Macon over VWC
VIRGINIA BEACH -- A chance to move closer to the .500 mark for Virginia Wesleyan College's men's soccer team took a hit Monday on Foster Field at the Trinder Center.
Randolph-Macon College's Andrew Oakes (Fredericksburg/Courtland) found himself free of the Marlin defense and connected for a score on a shot from 10 yards out on the right to give the Yellow Jackets at 1-0 lead just 1:40 into the second half.
Despite a stepped up effort by the Marlins following the score, the 1-0 lead held up for Randolph-Macon (2-6-2, 2-3) to the final horn.
Virginia Wesleyan (3-6-1, 2-3) dominated possession in the second half and produced several scoring opportunities, but could not hit. Two one-on-one shots with the goalie just missed, with the first a few inches too high and the second inches too wide. The frustration continued later in the half for the Marlins when no one was in position to finish off a cross from the left across the front of the goal.
Virginia Wesleyan finished with a 13-6 advantage in shots and a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Rookie goalie Connor Kirkham (Centreville/Chantilly Westfield) finished with one save for VWC and Chris Lowe (Rome, Ga./Darlington School) recorded three for R-MC.
Virginia Wesleyan returns to action again on Wednesday, Oct. 3, hosting the University of Mary Washington in a non-conference game beginning at 7 p.m.