Glen Allen, Va. – Both opponents the Randolph-Macon men's soccer team faced in the Yellow Jacket Classic found a wall between themselves and the goal, as R-MC wins the weekend with six goals total while allowing none.
The Classic wrapped up Saturday afternoon as the Yellow Jackets faced Neumann University in a 2-0 victory at Striker Park. The games had been moved there from the Randolph-Macon campus due to poor field conditions and continuing rain.
But with a turf field under them, the Yellow Jackets continued their defensive ways. Junior goalkeeper Brian Breslin (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) blanked another opponent, saving the only two shots-on-goal against him in the late-afternoon match.
R-MC's entire defense shone throughout the entire weekend, keeping up with quick opponents. The defensive group of senior Jake Tyler (Colonial Heights, Va./Colonial Heights), sophomore Isaac Myers (Littlestown, Pa./Gettsyburg Area), sophomore Paul Duffy (Salem, Va./Salem) and senior Jacob McHugh (Aberdeen, Md/West Nottingham Academy) kept Breslin covered with close and physical play that prevented any goals throughout both R-MC's first two games and only allowed Neumann to kick one corner kick in the Saturday afternoon tilt.
Off the bench, R-MC continued its solid defensive ways with a core group of athletes including freshman A.J Casarez (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown), freshman Ruben Niamien (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) and freshman Olo Sembera (Falls Church, Va./George Mason) who spelled some of the starters on the front lines.
The starters were the guys who pushed the ball into the net though. Sophomore Christian Torres (Stafford, Va/C.D. Hylton) sent the ball over to sophomore Anthony Astruc (Glen Allen, Va./Benedictine) who sat the defender down as he pushed the ball into the net during the 22nd minute of the first half. It was Astruc's second goal of the season after he put one in against Wesley College on Friday afternoon. Astruc took three other shots in addition to the one he put in
R-MC got on the board in half two as well. In the 77th minute, senior Jacob McHugh (Aberdeen, Md./West Nottingham Academy) shot the ball in from outside the box to put R-MC ahead by the pair. McHugh also tallied two other shots.
Myers, Casarez and senior Bryan Lutz (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) all added two shots to R-MC's effort on the offensive side of the ball.
Randolph-Macon is now 2-0 on the season. They are back in action Wednesday at Marymount (Va.) at 7:00 P.M.
Due to the cancelation of one of the four games of the Classic, there will not be an all-tournament selected. However, R-MC head coach Josh Laux selected Myers as the Randolph-Macon player of the weekend for his solid play on both sides of the ball, including excellent defense.