Soccer Week Five Preview
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - Hampden-Sydney soccer will battle two Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foes this week. In a rare Tuesday game, H-SC will travel to Randolph College for a 7 p.m. kickoff time and then host Emory & Henry on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Hampden-Sydney dropped a 2-0 decision on the road to Washington & Lee on Saturday as the Generals scored goals early in each half to earn the win. The game marked the fourth contest away from the friendly confines of Miller Field, and the Tigers have gone 0-4 in those games (0-2 road, 0-2 neutral) while earning a 4-0 record at home. A critical week for the Tigers, going 2-0 would be a huge momentum shifter to help close the season strong while an 0-2 week would force the Tigers in to a deep hole in the ODAC standings.
It will be a tall task for the Tigers to earn their first road victory at Randolph College. The WildCats were ranked 25th in last week's D3soccer.com Top 25 Poll after starting the season undefeated. However, they suffered a surprising lost as Eastern Mennonite on Saturday that will likely knock them out of the Top 25. Despite the loss, the WildCats have proven to be a very formidable squad with an 8-1 record, including a victory over Maryville (TN). A team that has not been historically known for sporting a high scoring offense, this year has proven different. Through nine games, Randolph has scored 30 goals. Corey Sindle leads the ODAC with seven goals while Jacob Hood and Nick Cornell respectively have five and four. The defense has also been stout, allowing in just five scores while giving up only 30 shots on goal for the season.
Emory & Henry comes into this week with a 3-5 record. However, the win-loss record does not show how competitive the Wasps have been in their contests. While the Wasps are losers of five of their last six games, all five of those losses have been by just one goal. The one win in that stretch was a big 3-1 home victory over Guilford College. While having scored just nine goals this year, two players have managed to separate themselves from the team as the clear go-to scorers as Luis Peralta and PJ Henson each have found the back of the net three times. Justin Spencer has had a good season in the net thus far, sporting a 0.86 goals against average along with an 82.4% save percentage.
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