HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - The Hampden-Sydney soccer team won a 3-2 double overtime thriller on Saturday afternoon against the visiting Saints of Marymount University in a non-conference match. Bryan Talbert (Seaford, VA/York) posted the winning goal off a deflected save at the 103:10 mark.
Marymount got on board early as Dannish Decardi-Nelson posted an unassisted tally in the seventh minute. Chris Whiteside (Virginia Beach, VA/Frank W. Cox) tallied the tie-maker in the 24th minute as the game went into intermission all even at one apiece.
The trend of the first half reversed for the second stanza. Curran Blackwell (Wilson, NC/Greenfield) headed in a goal as he converted on Talbert's pass from 10 yards inside the midfield line at the 51:10 mark. The Tigers nearly added on their third goal of the game as a Bryan Wharton (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) fired a shot to the left post, but the goalkeeper dove quickly to his right to record the save.
In the 76th minute, Decardi-Nelson got a good look at the net, but Duncan Oliphant (Annapolis, MD/Annapolis) was able to deflect it away. Marymount's Freddy Bonilla was able to collect the rebound right away to put it in the back of the net in the 76th minute. In the 78th minute, Alex Thexton (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) sent in a high crossing pass. Wharton went up and headed in the ball over the arms of the goalkeeper, but the referee waived off the goal, claiming Wharton jumped into the goalkeeper.
The game then went into overtime tied at 2-2. James Lawrence (Midlothian, VA/Midlothian) got behind the defense and got the ball in the box, and the goalkeeper Dan Keefe came out to cut down his shooting angle. Lawrence nearly got the ball past him anyway, but Keefe was able to make a foot save on the only shot on goal in the first overtime period to send the game to double overtime.
In double overtime, Wharton got in a ball chasedown with Keefe in the box. Keefe dove to grab the ball, but in the process he took down Wharton in the 104th minute. The referee whistled Keefe for a foul, giving Wharton his second straight potential game deciding penalty kick at home. Keefe made up for his crucial mistake and saved the shot, but he was not able to hold on to the ball, and Talbert corralled the rebound and put it in the back of the net for the golden goal.
Talbert finished the game with a goal and one assist. Oliphant recorded a career-high nine saves while Keefe made six saves in 97 minutes. Hampden-Sydney outshot Marymount 23-22, including a 5-2 advantage in the combined overtimes. H-SC also held a 7-5 edge in corner kicks while committing 16 fouls compared to 13 for the Saints.
Hampden-Sydney will return to Miller Field on Wednesday at 4 p.m. as the Tigers host Lynchburg College in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) contest.