HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - The Tiger Soccer seniors exacted revenge on the Lynchburg College Hornets Wednesday afternoon with a dominant 2-1 win in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action from Miller Field.
Last year's season-ending loss in the ODAC title game left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Tigers, but H-SC ensured revenge with a dominating all-around performance. It took coming back from behind, however. Lynchburg's Luke Moore put Lynchburg on the board in the 18th minute as he shot the ball from the right of the box and into the front left post as it bounced into the net.
The Tigers bounced back strong and Jackson Parker (Raleigh, NC/Sanderson) nearly tied the game with a direct kick that tipped off the hands of LC's Michael Releford and out over the net and a few minutes later a Curran Blackwell (Wilson, NC/Greenfield) header led to a frenzy around the net that resulted in a point blank Releford save. H-SC got the equalizer in the 36th minute when Chaz Ashton went to clear a Justin Pugh (Richmond, VA/Monocan) pass but mishandled it and kicked right into his own net for an own goal. Lynchburg nearly went up 2-1 just a few seconds before the half, but Ashton's shot went off the outer edge of the post to keep it 1-1 at halftime.
Hampden-Sydney opened up the second-half aggressive and it resulted in several quality offensive possessions. It took a while to score again, but James Lawrence (Midlothian, VA/Midlothian) scored the game-winner in the 75th minute as he converted on a beautiful cross field indirect kick from Parker.
The Tigers didn't let up from there and Bryan Wharton (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) found himself open just a couple feet in front of the net for a header shot but it went just high of the goal. Two minutes later, Lawrence recorded another near goal when his shot his off the crossbar. With 10 minutes left and down one, Lynchburg was unable to register a quality shot attempt and often settled for shots from far outside the box, finishing the game with just one shot on goal.
The win snapped a streak of five games against Lynchburg with no Tiger victories (four losses, one tie). The H-SC seniors played outstanding on the day as Duncan Oliphant (Annapolis, MD/Annapolis), Wharton, Gregorio Pacheco (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) and Bryan Hughes (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) all posted tremendous contributions to the winning effort. Bo Burns (Raleigh, NC/Leesville Road) made his return to the lineup after missing two games, and Aaron Riedel saw his first action in a month after suffering an injury on September 10, playing admirably in his 45 minutes of field time.
H-SC outshot LC 17-11 and held a 6-1 advantage in shots on goal. Releford made four saves for Lynchburg. Each team recorded five corner kicks while Lynchburg committed 13 fouls to 11 for Hampden-Sydney.
Hampden-Sydney will travel to Bridgewater, VA, on Saturday for their final regular season road contest against Bridgewater College at 11 a.m.