(October 11, 2008) HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – Hampden-Sydney got off to a strong start against Randolph College but struggled early to find the back of the net. The Tigers controlled much of the play early as the ball spent a good amount of time with the Tiger offensive. Sophomore Matt Hampton (Virginia Beach, VA/Kellam) had another strong showing and was a great help in keeping the ball in offensive. It did not take long for Hampden-Sydney to fire off shots as junior Will Robertson (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Catholic) ripped a shot in the eighth minute that hit the inside of the post and bounced out.
Robertson almost got another good look as junior defender Brett Chonko (Farmville, VA/Prince Edward) served a ball into the box. Just as Robertson was about to head the ball in the goal, the Randolph keeper Aaron Humphreys came in and got his hands on the ball. That seemed to be the story of the day for the Tigers; they had several chances, but just could not finish their six shots in the first half.
Randolph also had trouble getting chances in the first half. In the 31st minute, they looked like they would strike as they came close to getting a shot off, but it was quickly cleared by the play of Chonko and senior James Bishop (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Latin).
Bishop also made contributions on the offensive end when he played a beautiful ball up to senior Jason Powell (Marietta, GA/Pope) who headed it nearly in the goal, but was punched away by Humphreys.
The second half of play looked the same as the ball spent most of the time in the Tiger offensive, but neither team could find the net. Hampden-Sydney rattled off even more shots in the second half with nine, but they could finish. Both Bryan Wharton (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run), and Matt Swaney (Potomac Falls, VA/Potomac Falls), but the Tigers just could not convert.
After 90 minutes of play, both teams came out looking to win, but it was Randolph College who struck first. Jonathan Bolton found himself on a breakaway after he beat the last Tiger defender, and he was able to bury the ball in the back of the net giving the Wildcats the win.
The Tigers will return to action on Wednesday the 14th as they face the Marymount University at home on Miller Field at 4 pm.