ASHLAND, Va. – Senior Bryan Lutz (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) found the golden goal on a free kick from sophomore Anthony Astruc (Glen Allen, Va./Benedictine) in double overtime as the Yellow Jackets downed the Cardinals of Catholic University 1-0 Wednesday night. It was Lutz's fifth goal of 2017 and Astruc's second assist.
The first half was relatively defensive. Catholic took six shots while R-MC took seven. All but one shot for each team fell somewhere other than the keeper's hands. Astruc and Peyton Chichester (Richmond, Va./James River) each had a pair of shots in the first half, though only Andrew Griggs' (Galloway, N.J./Absegami) single shot fell on goal and was saved. Griggs had five shots in the entire game, the most of any player on the field.
In the second half, the two teams took less shots, but had more of them fall on goal as both the Catholic goalkeeper and Randolph-Macon's Brian Breslin (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) saved two shots each.
With the game still scoreless, the teams headed to the first overtime period, where R-MC turned on the offense, shooting five times in OT period one. They only allowed one Catholic shot during both OT periods, which came in the first period. Despite the offensive frenzy, none of the shots found the net and the teams prepared for a last-ditch effort in the second overtime period.
In OT 2, Griggs tried a pair of shots, while Lutz also had a pair. Lutz's final shot was the one to end it, heading the ball past the keeper with just 1:58 to go in the game. It followed a Catholic foul and Astruc sinking the free kick into the middle of the box where virtually both teams were pushing for control of the ball. It's Lutz's third game-winning goal of the season.
Chichester and sophomore Matt Whelan (Elkridge, Md. / Mount St. Joseph) each had three shots along with Lutz, while freshman Dylan Ogletree (La Plata, Md./La Plata) and Astruc each had two. The team tallied 22 shots total compared to Catholic's 11.
Breslin got his seventh win in goal with another shutout, the team's sixth of the season. He had three games while working between the posts in Wednesday's win.
Randolph-Macon will now open Old Dominion Athletic Conference play against Washington & Lee at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday at the R-MC Soccer Field. W&L is ranked No. 8 in the country and No. 1 in the South Atlantic Region by the United Soccer Coaches in polling released Tuesday, September 19. The Yellow Jackets checked in at No. 10 in the South Atlantic Region in the same poll.