(November 5, 2008) SALEM, VA – In a tough, hard fought semifinal match up, it was Roanoke College who prevailed 2-1 over the Tigers. The first half was evenly played as both teams were fighting to keep their seasons alive. It was Roanoke who struck first in the sixth minute off of a Michael Stark header that went over the goal, but Hampden-Sydney's Bryan Wharton (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) responded minutes later by firing a shot of his own. Wharton challenged the keeper with a flick at the goal off of a beautiful Matt Hampton (Virginia Beach, VA/Kellam) service.
Hampden-Sydney would fire off four more shots in the first half, but could not find the net. Roanoke was also unable to net a goal due to the solid play of the Tiger defense and keeper John Robert Plyler (Charlotte, NC/Myers Park).
The second half of play showed the same intensity as the first, and Hampden-Sydney's pressure finally paid off in the 77th minute. Senior Jason Powell (Marietta, GA/Pope) made a great run down the middle of the field and pushed the ball out wide to Wharton who hammered the ball in the back of the net.
The Tigers were able to hold off the Maroons five minutes, but in the 82nd minute a Chris Collins penalty kick would tie the game at 1-1.
With both teams scrambling for a goal, it was Roanoke's Michael Rouhana - who gave the Tigers trouble all night - who ripped a shot from right outside of the box that blew by everyone and hit the back of the net with just four seconds to play.
The Tigers end their late season run with an overall record of 12-6-1.