(October 1, 2008)HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – Freshman Bryan Wharton (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) continues to dominate as he recorded a hat trick in the Tigers' 5-1 victory over Bridgewater College. Wharton led off with the first goal of the game in the 20th minute of play; he was helped by the efforts of sophomore Matt Hampton (Virginia Beach, VA/Kellam) and senior Jason Powell (Marietta, GA/Pope), who were able to get the ball directly to Wharton for the easy finish.
Though the Tigers took the early lead, the Eagles continued to attack and keep the game close. Bridgewater's Chris Thomas gave the Tiger defense something to worry about all game, but as usual the defense held their ground not giving him any shots on goal in the first half.
With the defense pouncing on the Eagles, Wharton was able to get another shot on goal. He ripped a shot that keeper Zane Lineberry was able to save, but while he dove for the save he dropped the ball. Fortunately for the Tigers, Wharton stayed with the play, recovered the ball, and knocked it in for his second goal of the day.
Hampden-Sydney found the net one more time before the half ended, but this time it was senior Ian Ciejek (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) who notched his first goal of the season off of a Tiger penalty kick.
The second half of play would start out very similar to the first with Wharton scoring again in the 58th minute. He fought for every goal, as the keeper stopped his first shot, but he stayed with it, got the rebound, and blasted it in the back of the net.
Bridgewater rattled off a couple of shots trying to get back in the game, but sophomore John Robert Plyler (Charlotte, NC/Myers Park) was able to stop all three shots that came his way.
Up 4-0, Hampden-Sydney showed their discipline and continued to work hard and play smart. Freshman Bryan Hughes (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) played all of his minutes as if it were the final minute of a tied game, and it paid off as he was able to get a goal of his own off of a JoJo Howard (Lanexa, VA/New Kent) service.
Bridgewater's Chris Thomas was the only Eagle to find the net, scoring in the 77th minute of play. Thomas gave the Tigers trouble all day with his quickness and elusiveness, and it paid off for him as he put Bridgewater on the board before the day was over.
With the win the Tigers improve to 6-3-0 overall and 2-1-0 in the ODAC.
Hampden-Sydney will get set to take the road as they will face the Hornets of Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA on Saturday the 4th at 7 pm.