(September 13, 2008) HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – The Tigers had a tough outing today against a very good Catholic team, as Hampden-Sydney took its first loss of the season in the 2-1 defeat. Catholic came out of the gates firing and found the net in just the fourth minute of play as Matt Brady assisted Kevin Duffy to open up a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers tried to claw back in the game as they created great opportunities for themselves. In the ninth minute, Catholic goalkeeper Quinn Daly made a mistake by softly kicking the ball away from the goal. Junior midfielder JoJo Howard (Lanexa, VA/New Kent) intercepted the pass and played a beautiful ball to senior Jason Butler (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) who missed just wide right of the goal.
Soon after, junior defender Christopher Tait (Nokesville, VA/Brentsville) would make a brilliant play on the ball, race down the field, find fellow junior Will Robertson (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Catholic), who would give it back to Tait. Tait then quickly found an open Jason Powell (Marietta, GA/Pope); Powell ripped a shot but was stopped short by a great save from Daly.
The Tigers had several more shots from junior David Burley (Mount Pleasant, SC/Wando), freshman Bryan Wharton (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run), and senior Michael Krewinghaus (Yorktown, VA/Tabb).
Despite Hampden-Sydney's ten shot attempts in the first half, they could just not find the back of the net.
The Cardinals would score again in the 37th minute due to an unassisted goal by Brian Maher. The Tigers would answer back this time, though. Wharton was tripped up inside the box just a minute after Catholic's second goal. Sophomore Matt Swaney (Potomac Falls, VA/Potomac Falls) would take the penalty kick and drill it past Daly to put the Tigers on the scoreboard.
In the second half, the Tigers toughened up the defense and did not allow any more goals thanks to help from freshman Chris Hruneni (Midlothian, VA/Midlothian). Offensively the Tigers still were able to get close but just could not finish.
The Cardinals were helped greatly by the stellar play of Daly between the posts. He came away from the day saving all six shots that came his way, including two huge saves with under 20 minutes left.
The Tigers will have no time to lick their wounds as they get set to travel to Stevenson University, as they play the Mustangs on Monday at 3 pm.