WASHINGTON, D.C. – Junior Anthony Astruc (Glen Allen, Va. / Benedictine) hit the game-winner in the first overtime period to give Randolph-Macon men's soccer a win in its season opener against Baruch Friday afternoon. The overtime thriller went scoreless for 80 minutes of play before the first goal was scored. The game was part of Catholic University's Turk Emekli Classic, which continues tomorrow at The Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland. The Classic is part of the opening weekend for Division III Men's Soccer.
Score: Randolph-Macon 2, Baruch 1
Location/Venue: Turk Emekli Classic , Washington, D.C./Catholic University at Cardinal Stadium
Records: Randolph-Macon 1-0, Baruch 0-1
How It Happened
- Defensive play ruled the first half as the teams combined for seven shots, none of which found the net.
- Eighty minutes of scoreless play gave way to a goal by senior Peyton Chichester (Richmond, Va. / James River) in the 81st minute. Sophomore Aaron Eiser (North Chesterfield, Va. / Monacan) inserted the corner kick for Chichester to head into goal.
- Nineteen seconds after the game's first goal, Baruch answered as Shaiem Morad got a shot into the goal to the back corner off the left side of the box to even the score.
- After neither team was able to find a shot early in overtime, Astruc stole a pass at midfield, slipped the ball past a Baruch defender while he snuck past on the opposite shoulder, beat a trailing defender and pushed past the diving keeper to net the ball and the game winner during the eighth minute of play in overtime.
- Randolph-Macon outshot Baruch 10-8 and did not allow the Bearcats to take a shot after their goal at 80:49.
- Senior Brian Breslin (Fairfax, Va. / W.T. Woodson) made three saves, including one in the second half in the 63rd minute.
- Eiser registered the game's only assist
- In addition to the two goals, Astruc registered an additional shot on goal while senior Andrew Gyimesi (Midlothian, Va. / James River) registered one shot on goal as well. Gyimesi took two shots total while sophomore Dylan Ogletree (La Plata, Md. / La Plata) and freshman Judge Morgan (Okinawa, Japan / Kubasaki) also took two shots.
Inside The Numbers
- Eiser's assist is the first of his career.
- This is the second season in a row that Astruc has opened the season with a goal in the first game. He scored in the 60th minute of last year's season opener against Wesley.
- Breslin is closing in on 200 saves. His 196 ranks third all-time in Randolph-Macon history.
- Chichester's goal is the first in a non-conference match. He scored against Eastern Mennonite in 2016 and Virginia Wesleyan in 2017.
- This is Randolph-Macon's third season-opening win in a row. R-MC defeated Widener 2-0 in 2016 and Wesley 4-0 last year.
The Turk Emekli Classic continues tomorrow with Randolph-Macon facing Ursinus at The Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland.