(October 22, 2008)HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – The eight seniors on the Hampden-Sydney soccer team had a jocular attitude after their 2-0 win against Washington & Lee, and they had every right to as they completed a phenomenal four years at Miller Field compiling a home record of 31-7-4. With the win, they also improved their overall career wins to 40, and overall conference wins to 20.
As the match began, Hampden-Sydney came out aggressive looking to score. 15 minutes into the match, junior Will Robertson (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Catholic) ran the length of the field and fed the ball to freshman Bryan Wharton (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run). Just before Wharton could get a shot off General defender Bryce Sweeney came in to take the ball away. Though Robertson and Wharton could not connect, they would not stop trying until they did.
Wharton continued to put pressure on the keeper, and it paid off minutes after his first shot as there was a foul in the box, and the Tigers were awarded a penalty kick. Sophomore Matt Swaney (Potomac Falls, VA/Potomac Falls) took the penalty kick and hammered it home, giving the Tigers the 1-0 lead.
Swaney tried to strike again before intermission when sophomore Matt Hampton (Virginia Beach, VA/Kellam) played a beautiful free kick into the box. Swaney rose above the defense, and tried to knock it past keeper Ben Bartlett, but Bartlett was able to make the save.
Once the second half started, it did not take long for the aforementioned Robertson to Wharton connection to finally connect. In the 56th minute, Robertson stole the ball in the Tiger backfield, and took the ball the length of the field. As he approached the box, he pushed ahead to Wharton who blasted a shot off the post and into the goal.
The Generals tried to retaliate, but the stingy Tiger defense gave them no room, only giving up five shots on the day.
With the win the Tigers improve to 9-5-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the ODAC.
Hampden-Sydney will get set to take the road as they will face the Yellow Jackets of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA on Saturday the 25th at 11:30 am.