HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - The Guilford Quakers handed Hampden-Sydney soccer their first home loss of the year with a 3-2 nailbiter on a rain soaked field on Wednesday in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) competition.
With rain coming down all throughout the game and heavy at times for large portions of the second-half, neither team had trouble getting off shots in the game. Freddy Gomez put the Quakers on the board in just the sixth minute, but neither team was able to score again in the first half despite the 23 combined shots. H-SC got several good scoring opportunities along with seven corner kicks, but many of their shots ended up being blocked by a Quaker defender
The second-half was loaded with four goals. Greg Carnovale scored a controversial goal in the 62nd minute. Duncan Oliphant (Annapolis, MD/Annapolis) came out of the net to punt the ball down the field, but it deflected off the back of a player towards the net. As the ball was deflected, Carnovale was past the Oliphant and the last H-SC defender, but he was not called for being offsides. He won the ball in a battle with an H-SC defender and was able to put it in the net to go up 2-0. In the 71st minute, Gomez struck again as he beat an H-SC defender one-on-one and sent his shot just inside the left post to give the Quakers a commanding 3-0 advantage.
The Tigers didn't quit despite the odds stacked against them and nearly had a miraculous comeback. Hampden-Sydney continued to get corner kick after corner kick and it finally paid off the 75th minute when Curran Blackwell (Wilson, NC/Greenfield) headed in a Nick DeProspero (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) corner kick to cut the score to 3-1. Four minutes later, DeProspero connected with Blackwell for yet another corner kick, header goal to make it just a one-goal contest with 11 minutes to play. The Tigers got a few more opportunities but were not able to notch the game-tying score.
Oliphant recorded seven saves while Peter Truitt made one save. The Quakers had 25 shots compared to 24 for the Tigers. Hampden-Sydney recorded an impressive 15 corner kicks to only four for Guilford.
Hampden-Sydney will host archrival Randolph-Macon on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a pivotal ODAC match.