HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - The Hampden-Sydney soccer team extended their win streak to three games as the Tigers grounded the Eagles of Bridgewater College 3-0 on Senior Day. After the game, the Tigers celebrated the contributions to the program of the five senior team members - manager Kyle Clark and players Nick DeProspero (Midlothian, VA/Cosby), Chris Whiteside (Virginia Beach, VA/Frank W. Cox), Andre Graham (Midlothian, VA/Midlothian), and Curran Blackwell (Wilson, NC/Greenfield). A photo gallery of the event can be found here, by clicking the photos link above the recap, or clicking "full gallery" underneath the photostrip near the bottom of this page.
The Tigers started out quick, posting the first goal of the contest just 1:43 in. Bryan Talbert (Seaford, VA/York) took an indirect kick from the left side of the field and sent it in towards the ride side of the box. Blackwell connected on it for a header that just narrowly went under the top left corner of the goal post for the score. The first half was a back and forth effort with each team getting some good goal scoring chances, but neither team was able to convert.
The Tigers nearly scored an early goal in the second half, but a DeProspero header bounced off the bottom of the left goal post as the goalie was unable to pick up where the ball was with the late afternoon sun shining in his face. The Tigers got the second goal 9:10 later when DeProspero fed Leo Kowalski (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) on the right side of the box and he finished off the assist at the 60:26 mark.
Bridgewater didn't back down and nearly scored a goal in the 62nd minute, but a great diving save from Blake Carrey (North Chesterfield, VA/Deep Run) preserved the shutout. Robert Stephens (Williamsburg, VA/Lafayette) then tacked on the third goal of the contest on a header off a Blackwell service to give the Tigers their third straight win by at least three goals.
Bridgewater, the second highest scoring team in the ODAC coming in to the weekend, was held to 11 shots with just three on goal as the backline of Blackwell, Graham, Jackson Parker (Raleigh, NC/Sanderson), and Jason Haas (Newport News, VA/Menchville) locked up the Eagles offense. The Tigers have now not allowed a goal in 294:45 of game time. HSC outshot the Eagles 18-11 with a 7-3 edge in shots on goal, but Bridgewater earned six corner kicks to just three for the Tigers.
The Tigers close out their regular season home schedule on Wednesday with a 4 pm contest against the Virginia Wesleyan College Marlins.