(September 23, 2008) GREENSBORO, NC – Hampden-Sydney got off to a strong start against USA South foe Greensboro College, but the Pride's late game comeback proved to be too much for the Tigers. The game started off with a quick Tiger opportunity as junior Will Robertson (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Catholic) was able to fire a shot just 20 seconds into the match. Hampden-Sydney would continue to play smart soccer and control the game for much of the first half.
The Tigers had several chances in the opening 45 minutes as Jason Butler (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) ripped a shot on goal, but was stopped shot by Pride keeper Kurt Gardiner. Seconds later, JoJo Howard (Lanexa, VA/New Kent) would get into the action and fire on goal, but he was also stopped by a diving save. Hampden-Sydney continued to attack, and it paid off when Robertson stole the ball, dribbled around the last defender, and knocked the ball just out of the Gardiner's reach giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
The stingy Tiger defense also gave the Pride no room to breath as they were limited to just two shots in the first half. The defense was highlighted by the all around great play of junior Christopher Tait (Nokesville, VA/Brentsville).
The second half showed a different Greensboro team - one that started to control the ball early in the half, posing a threat to the Tiger defense.
Hampden-Sydney, however, would stand its ground and not give any room until the 75th minute. In the midst of the Pride's pressure, David Andreski crossed the ball only to see Deng Abiel mishandle the header. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Fredrik Edeland was there to blast the ball into the back of the net.
Greensboro would find the net again 10 minutes later via a Grayson Leonard head ball right over the reach of sophomore keeper John Robert Plyler (Charlotte, NC/Myers Park) giving the Pride their first lead of the day.
With five minutes left, Hampden-Sydney still posed threats off of a shot from Sam Turner (Richmond, VA/Benedictine) and the hard-nosed aggressive play of Bryan Hughes (Midlothian, VA/Cosby). Unfortunately, the Tigers could not connect and took their second loss of the season dropping them to 5-2 overall.
The Tigers will return to action on Saturday the 27th as they face the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan College at home on Miller Field at 3 pm.