Randolph Prevails 2-1 in Evenly Matched Contest

Nick DeProspero

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - The Randolph College WildCats prevailed 2-1 over Hampden-Sydney soccer in an evenly matched ODAC contest on Wednesday afternoon.

Hampden-Sydney needed little time to get on the scoreboard, posting their lone goal of the contest just 3:46 in to the game. A Randolph defender was watching the ball as it looked like it was surely going to go out of bounds, but Nick DeProspero (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) hustled to the ball and outworked the defender to get the ball off the endline. He then beat two separate defenders and fired the shot into the net for the goal.

James Lawrence (Midlothian, VA/Midlothian) came within inches of putting the Tigers up 2-0 in the 28th minute, but his shot went off the crossbar. Each team had several opportunities to score the rest of the half, but neither team was able to capitalize on their chances to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead at halftime.

Randolph opened the second-half strong and put a "1" on their side of the scoreboard when a Jacob Luscek pass from the right sideline found the head of Corey Sindle on the left side of the box. Sindle then headed it back towards the right of the net for the goal. 15 minutes later, H-SC was whistled for a foul just inches outside of the top of the box. H-SC left only two people to roam on defense and put the others on the wall, but Sindle curved the ball around the wall as the goalkeeper stood no shot of making a save. Each team got numerous goal chances during the remainder of the game, but each struggled to get strong shots on goal.

Each team had 16 shots, but the Tigers only had three shots on goal while Randolph finished with seven. The Tigers held an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks and a 5-2 edge in saves. 

Hampden-Sydney travels to Winchester, VA, this Saturday to play Shenandoah University under the lights at 7:30 pm.