(September 7, 2008) HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – It did not take long for the Tigers to catch fire as they scored under two minutes into the game courtesy of junior forward Will Robertson (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Catholic). Robertson found the net so quickly due to a beautiful pass from senior forward Jason Powell (Marietta, GA/Pope). The Robertson/Powell onslaught continued for the next 23 minutes as they combined for the first five goals and two assists of the game in just 25 minutes of play.
The Tigers would find the net once more before the halftime intermission on a stick back goal by freshman Bryan Wharton (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) in the 38th minute of play. The Tiger defense again came up playing tough as they limited Ferrum to just one shot in the first half. The defense was anchored by the all around great play of sophomore Matt Swaney (Potomac Falls, VA/Potomac Falls).
The second half of play resumed and the Tigers continued to play tough and stayed in control. Hampden-Sydney was able to notch two more goals to the scoreboard with goals by junior JoJo Howard (Lanexa, VA/New Kent) and freshman Bryan Hughes (Midlothian, VA/Cosby).
Ferrum goalie Chris Taylor made the Tigers work for each goal as he had 6 saves in 70 minutes of play. Ferrum also brought some offensive threats in the second half as they rallied to get 5 shots on goal, the first coming just minutes into play. Luckily for the Tigers, the outstanding play of both John Robert Plyler (Charlotte, NC/Myers Park) and Ben Marchetti (Richmond, VA/Benedictine) prevented all 5 shots from reaching the net.
In the first game of the day, Eastern Mennonite was able to overpower the Shoremen of Washington College 3-0.
The match was played evenly for most of the first half until EMU forward Cory Parsons broke the tie in the 38th minute of play. In a physical second half, the Royals seemed to be a little too much for Washington College as they added two more goals from Junior Kamandua and Jay Shearer.
The Arby's Tiger Invitational all tournament team saw five Tigers on it with Will Robertson - who also garnered MVP honors - Jason Powell, Matt Swaney, Michael Krewinghaus (Yorktown, VA/Tabb), and Brett Chonko (Farmville, VA/Prince Edward). Rounding out the all tournament are Junior Kamandua, Jackson Maust, and Cory Parsons from Eastern Mennonite; Danny Wood and Brian Danver of Washington College; and Carter Smith of Ferrum College.
The Tigers will return to action on Miller Field at Hampden-Sydney on Saturday, September 13 as they get set to take on a very tough Catholic University at 1 pm.