HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – The Hampden-Sydney soccer team finished first in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), along with securing the top seed in the upcoming ODAC Tournament, with a 3-0 shutout win over Randolph (9-7-1, 4-4 ODAC) on Tuesday evening at Hellmuth-Gibson Field. The Tigers (12-5-1, 7-0-1) were the only team to go undefeated in ODAC play and are currently on a 12-match unbeaten streak.
H-SC looked to score early with a pair of shots by senior Spell Carr/Clinton, N.C. and junior PJ LeBell/Gloucester in the fourth and fifth minutes, respectively. Early in the 29th minute, senior Josh McCormack/Stafford subbed in for classmate Jacob Mann/Mebane, N.C.
It proved to be the correct move as just 46-seconds after subbing in, McCormack found senior Eli Strong/Windermere, Fla. in front of the WildCat goalie, and Strong one-footed the ball past the keeper to give the Tigers the 1-0 lead.
It was not until the 32nd minute before Randolph took its first shot of the contest. By the 31:05 mark, the Tigers had already taken eight shots, including Strong's goal.
With just three minutes left in the first half, senior Nolan Poretz/Ashburn took a pass that had deflected off a defender before passing it in the box to McCormack, who right-footed the ball past a diving keeper on the left side of the net. The goal gave H-SC the crucial 2-0 lead going into the intermission.
In the second half, both teams played a strong defense with both keepers forced to make several saves. Senior Ian Connor/Midlothian made four of his seven saves in the second period. The only point either team put on the board was in the 87th minute when sophomore Grayson Harmon/Church Road had his shot saved, but the keeper could not hold onto the ball with Mann stepping in and putting the rebound into the net.
The Tigers led Randolph in both shots (16-12) and saves (7-6).
H-SC honored its 11 seniors prior to the start of the contest.
As the top seed in the upcoming ODAC Tournament, the Tigers will face the winner of the No. 8 Randolph and No. 9 Bridgewater match on Sunday, November 3. The time has yet to be determined. H-SC went 2-0 against the two teams, including tonight's win over the WildCats. Earlier this month, the Tigers defeated Bridgewater on the road, 2-0.