LYNCHBURG, VA - Two goals in the final 20 minutes propelled a 2-1 comeback victory for Mary Washington in day one action of the Lynchburg Kickoff Classic hosted by Lynchburg College.
Hampden-Sydney pressured the Eagles early and often. Once the Tigers gained possession, they were able to coordinate multiple sustained offensive possessions, having several quality chances to score. The Tigers capitalized on the effort in the 20th minute as Bryan Talbert (Seaford, VA/York) found Bryan Wharton (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) on the left side of the box as he put the ball in the back of the net. Mary Washington threatened on a few possessions, but the swarming H-SC defense was able to thwart UMW's scoring chances.
UMW was able to control the ball more in the second-half, and the Hampden-Sydney defense continued to hold strong. However, Jake Doyle was able to sneak behind the defense on when he looked to be offsides, but he was able to pocket the in-close goal. Nick Shepherd fired off the game-winning goal at the 87:10 mark. With little time to work with, Hampden-Sydney subbed in an extra offensive player. With just 18 seconds left in the game, the Tigers were able to break free for a quality scoring chance, but the UMW defense was able to recover and force Bryan Hughes (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) into a difficult shot from out wide that ended up going wide left.
An evenly matched contest, UMW had 17 shots to 15 for H-SC. Mary Washington did have an 8-3 edge in corner kicks while the Tigers committed 10 fouls to just five for the Eagles.
In the first game of the Classic, Maryville (TN) defeated host Lynchburg 1-0
Hampden-Sydney looks to rebound tomorrow from its first loss with an 11 a.m. tilt against Maryville (TN) College.