Bryan Wharton Carries Soccer Tigers to 2-1 Win Over Emory & Henry
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - Bryan Wharton (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) posted two goals in the last 12 minutes of play to carry Hampden-Sydney Soccer to a 2-1 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) win over the visiting Wasps of Emory & Henry College. The two goals gives Wharton 100 career points, just the third Tiger in school history to score at least 100 points.
Emiry & Henry dominated possession very early in the game and wasted no time capitalizing on as Jon Kirschmeier pocketed a goal just 6:58 into the contest. The Tigers picked up their level of play after allowing the goal, putting together several good scoring opportunities but were not able to connect on some great passes. The Tiger defense kept the Wasps at bay to keep the deficit at 1-0 heading into the half.
Hampden-Sydney picked up the intensity and the second half and was able to string together more solid scoring opportunities, but luck didn't seem to be on the Tigers side as once again more good passes and crosses weren't able to find the feet or head of Tiger players in the box.
With time becoming a premium, that all changed. In the 79th minute, Chris Whiteside (Virginia Beach, VA/Frank W. Cox) sent in a great crossing pass from the left side, just outside the box, to Bryan Wharton (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) as he headed the ball into the back left of the goal as the goalie watched the ball go into the net.
A Nick DeProspero (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) yellow card on a foul committed just outside of the top of the box at the 88:56 mark gave the Wasps prime position for a free kick. PJ Henson fired off a hard and well aimed strike to the left post, but Duncan Oliphant (Annapolis, MD/Annapolis) made a diving save to turn back the Wasps. Luis Peralta was able to recover the rebound, but his shot sailed well high of the goal.
With the game looking to be surely heading into overtime with rain threatening to ruin an otherwise pleasant day, luck proved to be on the Tigers side. The Tigers got the ball into their offensive end but they were not able to get off a shot. With only seconds left on the clock, Bryan Hughes' (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) hustle and veteran savvy enabled him to draw a foul just inside the the top left corner of the box, giving the Tigers a penalty kick with a mere 6.1 ticks left on the clock. Wharton stepped up to take the shot and drilled it past the diving Wasp goalkeeper to cement the comeback win.
Wharton's second goal gave him 100 career points, the third best mark in H-SC Soccer history, ranking behind Jeff Mencini '83 with 105 and Mike Melvin '97 with 119. He additionally ranks third in goals with 44, two shy of Jeff Mencini for second (44) and four short of Mike Melvin in first (48).
Hampden-Sydney outshot Emory & Henry 17-11, including a 10-5 edge in shots on goal, and held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks. Seth Drummond and Justin Spencer combined to make eight saves while Oliphant recorded four.
Hampden-Sydney will hit the road on Wednesday for two of their remaining road games as they play Eastern Mennonite University at 7 p.m.