ASHLAND, Va. – The R-MC Men's soccer team dropped a hard-fought match against #9 ranked Lynchburg Hornets in a game that went back and forth for the full 90 minutes.
Score: Lynchburg 2, Randolph-Macon 0
Location/Venue: Ashland, Va./R-MC Soccer Field
Records: Lynchburg (8-0-1, 4-0 ODAC), Randolph-Macon (4-6, 1-4 ODAC)
How It Happened
- R-MC held a strong defense in the first half with the back line of the Yellow Jackets keeping the attacking force of the Hornets quiet early on. Key tackles and good reading of the game from junior Isaac Myers (Littlestown, Pa. / Gettysburg Area) and sophomore Aaron Eiser (North Chesterfield, Va. / Monacan) were a large part of the strong start to the game from the back four of R-MC.
- Lynchburg got their first goal from a ball that was crossed into the box and headed back across the six-yard box that was slotted home by Joey Daly that just managed to squirm past the arms of senior keeper Brian Breslin (Fairfax, Va. / W. T. Woodson) who finished the game with four saves.
- R-MC came out firing in the second half with 11 total shots and four on goal. Freshman Judge Morgan (Okinawa, Japan / Kubasaki) had a header glance off the post and senior Andrew Gyimesi (Midlothian, Va. / James River) hit the bar with a flick over the keeper from just outside the six-yard box.
- Sophomore AJ Casarez (Virginia Beach, Va. / Landstown) brought great energy off the bench, winning tackles and putting in a strong shift across the midfield through winning tackles and linking up attacking play.
- Against the run of play, Lynchburg grabbed a controversial second goal that appeared to be in the hands of keeper Brian Breslin (Fairfax, Va./Woodson) but was poked away and tucked into the back of the net by Nick Morgan
- R-MC continued to pepper the goal of Lynchburg, creating more chances than the visitors in a game where the Yellow Jackets deserved goals but were unable to put their chances away.
- Myers was a rock in the defense of the Yellow Jackets today winning the ball back numerous times through well-timed tackles and interceptions. He was also instrumental in starting attacks down the left flank for the Yellow Jackets and linked up well with junior Anthony Astruc (Glen Allen, Va. / Benedictine).
- Both Morgan and Casarez brought the energy in midfield, winning balls back and setting R-MC on the attack.
- Gyimesi and junior Christian Torres (Stafford, Va. C.D. Hylton) provided much of the attacking spark with Torres taking defenders on and Gyimesi holding the ball up well to bring others into the play.
Inside the Numbers
- R-MC held the edge in shots 14-12 including their 11-shot barrage of the Lynchburg goal in the second half.
- Randolph-Macon also edged out the Hornets on corner kicks 7-6 and as well as suffered 11 fouls on the day as Lynchburg struggled to contain the R-MC attackers.
Randolph-Macon will face Roanoke at home for Family Weekend on October, 6th for a 3:30 PM kickoff.