VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - The Hampden-Sydney succumbed 1-0 to Virginia Wesleyan on the road in each team's Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener.
The Marlins controlled the time of possession, but the Tigers kept holding off VWC. A critical and controversial yellow card in the box was issued to Nick DeProspero (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) in the 64th minute, giving John McKenzie a penalty kick. Duncan Oliphant (Annaplois, MD/Annapolis) made one of the biggest plays of the game as he turned back McKenzie's shot to preserve the 0-0 score. In the 70th minute, DeProspero was issued a controversial red card, leaving the Tigers down one man and thus causing him to be suspended for this Saturday's contest against Greensboro.
Despite being down one player, it appeared that H-SC still stood a chance to win the game. However, the Marlins were able to capitalize in the 80th minute as Josh McNamara converted on an assist by Roberto Rosales. Even with the odds stacked against them, the Tigers continued to play their hearts out. Their efforts nearly ended up in an equalizing score in the 87th minute as Bryan Wharton's (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) shot hit off the crossbar.
Oliphant recorded six saves on the day, including the one PK save.
The physical play that is typical of a VWC vs. H-SC game ended up getting out of hand in the second-half as players were issued a yellow or red card four times after intermission and six cards were issued in total after the half. Additionally, 16 fouls were called. Virginia Wesleyan took nine corner kicks compared to three for the Tigers.
The Tigers will host Greensboro College on Saturday for Family Weekend. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m.