HARRISONBURG, VA – (September 17, 2005) The Hampden-Sydney Tigers dropped their conference opener by a score of 2-1 to the Eastern Mennonite University Royals. Going into the contest EMU was ranked number nine according to the NSCAA/Adidas Division III South Region polls. The victory for the Royals improved them record to 5-1-1 overall (1-0 ODAC). As for the Tigers, they fell to 3-3-1 overall (0-1 ODAC) and have played four overtime games thus far in the season.
The first half ended without a score and the shot totals favored Hampden-Sydney nine to seven. However, the second half tempo was much quicker as the Royals scored first, just 2:45 into the half. The goal came as Braden Long sent a direct kick on goal to teammate Joel Shank who sent a header in for the score.
The Tigers responded quickly and put pressure on the Royals defense a number of times before freshman Michael Krewinghaus (Yorktown, VA/Tabb H.S.) was fouled by the Royals goalkeeper, Tim Koehn, which initiated a penalty kick. Senior captain Grant Dickens (Raleigh, NC/Leesville Road) took and made the penalty kick to score the tying goal at 49:55. For the remainder of the half the Tigers controlled the ball and dominated shots, finishing regulation with the shot count at 20 opposed to Eastern Mennonite's 10.
Following the game Tigers Head Coach Josh Laux commented, "We are obviously a much better team this year than we were last season. It is like night and day. Our young guys and veterans are starting to get used to one another. In seven games we have only been out shot once. We are defending well and creating a lot of chances but we have to find ways to get the final result. Our guys need to step up in ODAC games and maintain focus for ninety minutes. EMU is a hard working blue collar team but we are all disappointed that we did not come away with at least a win or a tie."
The Tigers will continue conference play and return home on Wednesday September 21, 2005 at 4:00pm vs. Lynchburg.