(October 18, 2008) SALEM, VA – The Tigers had a tough outing today against a very good Roanoke team, as Hampden-Sydney took its third conference loss of the season in the 2-0 defeat. The Maroons took control of the game early as they were the first team to fire a shot in just the eighth minute of play.
Though Roanoke came out firing, Hampden-Sydney did respond by getting a shot of their own minutes later. Sophomore Matt Swaney (Potomac Falls, VA/Potomac Falls) blasted a free kick into the box which was flicked by Michael Krewinghaus (Yorktown, VA/Tabb) to junior Will Robertson (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Catholic). Robertson was able to get his header near the goal, but it was just wide.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, Robertson managed one of two Tigers shots on the day. The second came late in the first half off of a Bryan Wharton (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) header, which was stopped short by keeper Adam Thompson.
Much of the game was dominated by the 10-3-1 Maroons, who rattled off 18 shots on the day. The first score came in the 41st minute off of a Kayvon Sarmadi goal. Roanoke would strike again in the second half with a Sharman Douglass goal in the 75th minute.
Roanoke thought they were going to tally a third goal when keeper John Robert Plyler (Charlotte, NC/Myers Park) fell, and Sarmadi headed the ball to what seemed to be an open goal. Fortunately for Hampden-Sydney junior Brett Chonko (Farmville, VA/Prince Edward) flew in to kick the ball out of the net. Sarmadi recovered the ball and fired again, but Plyler was back in time to make the save.
On the day Plyler had an impressive eight saves.
With three regular season games remaining, the enigmatic Tigers look to have a strong finish against Washington & Lee, Guilford, and Randolph-Macon.
The Tigers return to action on Miller Field for the last home game of the season as they face the Generals of Washington & Lee on Wednesday the 22nd at 4:00pm.