Marlins Win in Dramatic Fashion
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan men's soccer team won a 2-1 thriller against Hampden-Sydney College late Wednesday evening in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play. This marks four straight victories for the Marlins.
Both teams played well on the defensive side of the field as there were no goals scored in the first half. However, the Marlins and the Tigers both had multiple scoring opportunities in the first 10 minutes of the match. Tanner Martin took his first corner kick for the Marlins at the 1:43 mark and recorded his second just minutes later. Jacob Mann for the Tigers, took a shot on goal at the 9:37 mark and Jay Fox was there to save it for the Marlins.
The Marlins' Andrew Duenke opened the second half of the match with a nifty move on his defender and created just enough space to get a shot off, but Hampden-Sydney's Cameron McFarlane pulled in the save for the Tigers. Virginia Wesleyan continued to use an aggressive approach on the offensive end, resulting in Martin scoring the game's first goal just moments after the 55th minute.
Mann scored a goal right off the left post after a nice pass from teammate Spell Carr at the 59:03 mark to even the match for Hampden-Sydney.
Both teams continued to trade shots throughout the second half as play got chippy. Martin was taken down hard by a Hampden-Sydney defender to earn a penalty kick. He sent the boot to the back of the net for his second score of the contest.
Robert Kerby made a final charge for the Tigers but had his shot blocked away at the 88:36 mark to secure the victory for the Marlins.
Virginia Wesleyan (6-4-2/2-1-1) looks to continue its winning streak Saturday night, hosting Roanoke College (6-4-2/3-0-1) for ODAC play at the Trinder Center.