HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – The Hampden-Sydney soccer team has not lost in its last eight games, thanks to a 3-3 double-overtime tie against the University of Lynchburg on Saturday evening. Three different Tigers scored in the draw. H-SC moves to 8-5-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), with the Hornets moving to 4-3-5 overall, 1-0-2 in the ODAC.
Both teams played tough defense to start the game. The first shot for either team was a Lynchburg goal in the 12th minute. The Hornets would hold the lead for nearly 23 minutes until senior Josh McCormack/Stafford took a pass from fellow senior Brian Tarnai/Glen Allen in the box and connected past the Lynchburg keeper.
Just five minutes later, the Hornets retook the lead in the 40th minute. However, senior Niko Reinson/Farmville corralled a pass from junior PJ LeBel/Gloucester to knot the score up at 2-2 with just 25 seconds left in the first half.
For the final time on the night, Lynchburg took the lead just 3:36 into the second half. Not to be outdone, sophomore Jacob Siler/Charlotte, N.C. took a pass from senior Spell Carr/Clinton, N.C. at the 70:33 mark to tie the score up at 3-3. Neither team was able to find the net while playing strong defense for the rest of regulation.
After a five-minute intermission, both teams took just one shot in the first overtime period. In the second overtime, the Hornets were able to get three shots off but were called for offside on what first appeared to be a game-winning goal.
The contest marked the first tie for the Tigers this season. H-SC has run its undefeated streak to eight contests; the longest for the program since 2009 when the team won nine-straight matches.
The Tigers led Lynchburg in total shots (14-10) and shots on goal (8-7). Senior Ian Connor/Midlothian made four saves in the draw.
Hampden-Sydney will return to the pitch next Saturday, October 19, hosting Ferrum. The ODAC contest with the Panthers gets underway at 7 p.m. from Hellmuth-Gibson Field.