EMORY, Va. – The Hampden-Sydney Soccer team set a new school record as it extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games, thanks to a 5-1 win on the road at Emory & Henry. H-SC scored four goals in the first 24 minutes, including two penalty-kick goals. The Tigers (10-5-1, 5-0-1 ODAC) remain atop the conference standings while the Wasps fall to 6-8-2 overall, 0-6 in the ODAC.
The longest unbeaten streak was previously attained by the 2009 team that won nine in a row before finishing the season 16-4.
The Tigers forced the action early and often against E&H. Freshman Boyce Purdie/Clinton, N.C. and senior Jacob Mann/Mebane, N.C. took shots in the fourth and fifth minute, respectively. Mann and fellow senior Cole Burton/Haw River, N.C. both took shots early in the 10th minute, forcing the Wasps' keeper to make a pair of saves five seconds apart. Senior Spell Carr/Clinton, N.C. took his own shot of the 10th minute, but the ball sailed wide right.
Following a foul in the box by E&H at the 12:50 mark, senior captain Sean McMurray/Apex, N.C. found the back of the net, past the keeper to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead on a penalty-kick goal. Just under two and half minutes later, Mann scored from inside the box off a pass from Burton to increase the H-SC lead to 2-0 just over 15 minutes into the contest.
Four and half minutes later, sophomore Jacob Siler/Charlotte, N.C. found Mann inside the box once again where Mann was able to put a foot on the ball, passed the keeper to extend the Tigers' lead to 3-0.
H-SC continued to put pressure on the Wasps when the Tigers were once-again fouled inside the goal box. Senior Brian Tarnai/Glen Allen took the penalty-kick and scored past the keeper to give the Tigers the 4-0 lead.
The Wasps scored their lone goal in the 63rd minute to pull within three, 4-1. In the 88th minute, senior Nolan Poretz/Ashburn was able to corral a misplayed ball by E&H snuck the ball past the keeper to provide for the final score, 5-1.
Junior keeper Gray Sutter/Clinton, N.C. picked-up the win for the Tigers.
H-SC lead the Wasps in shots (26-4), shots on goal (13-3) and corner kicks (11-3).
The Tigers travel to Eastern Mennonite on Saturday, October 26 for their last road game of the regular season. The contest with the Royals kicks-off at 7 p.m. in Harrisonburg.