HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - Hampden-Sydney and Virginia Wesleyan battled to a 2-2 double-overtime draw on Tuesday night to close out the regular season. With the tie, the Tigers clinched the #4 seed for the ODAC Tournament and will host Washington & Lee on Saturday at a time to be determined.
Each team got a few dangerous scoring chances in the first half but neither were able to capitalize. Just over 10 minutes into the second half, the Tigers struck in a hurry on back-to-back goals. Ryan Turner (Raleigh, NC / Sanderson) shot into the back right post off a James Lawrence (Midlothian, VA / Midlothian) pass to give H-SC a 1-0 advantage. Just 26 seconds later, Turner delivered an assist to Robert Kerby (Hampton, VA / Kecoughtan) to make it a 2-0 game at 51:17. Just under four minutes later, Chris Cooke drew the Marlins to within one at 55:08. Cooke then recorded the assist on the game-tying tally, courtesy of Robert Holschuh, in the 78th minute.
Following a red card in the 79th minute, the Tigers were forced to play man down the rest of the way. Virginia Wesleyan got off several shots throughout the rest of the game as they were trying to take advantage of being man up, but the majority of their shots stood little chance of scoring. H-SC arguably got the strongest scoring chance in the closing seconds of double overtime as a Leo Kowalski (Curitiba, Brazil / Deep Run) shot just a few yards from the goal looked to go off the hand of a Marlin player but no penalty kick was awarded.
While VWC had a 23-10 shot advantage, they took numerous shots from deep that were nowhere on target. Cameron McFarlane (Norwich, CT / South Kent) had a strong game in net with 11 saves while Connor Kirkham posted five stops.Stay tuned to HSCathletics.com for more information on this weekend's ODAC Tournament Quarterfinal contest on Saturday.