ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon men's soccer used stifling possession to get the victory over Emory & Henry Saturday afternoon in a Homecoming match that doubled as Senior Day for the Yellow Jackets.
Score: Randolph-Macon 5, Emory & Henry 0
Location/Venue: Ashland, Va./R-MC Soccer Field
Records: Randolph-Macon (7-6-2, 4-4-1 ODAC), Emory and Henry (6-11-0, 0-10-0 ODAC)
How It Happened
- Randolph-Macon struck first with a goal about 14 minutes into play. Freshman Judge Morgan (Okinawa, Japan / Kubasaki) played a ball from the right side that got lifted over the keepers' head to open the scoring for the Yellow Jackets.
- About ten minutes later, junior Isaac Myers (Littlestown, Pa. / Gettysburg Area) got the ball to hop over the keeper and pushed it into an open net after getting the pass from freshman Ryan Staton (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Cumberland Valley). The goal marked Myers' second and gave R-MC the 2-0 lead.
- R-MC used strong passing and possession skills to maintain control of the ball through the remainder of the half. Almost all of the action was contained to the Yellow Jackets' attacking side of the field and R-MC had countless dangerous opportunities that either went wide or were blocked.
- That possession play continued in the first part of the second half. R-MC's defenders worked at midfield for a majority of the game, while the midfield and attacking group were in and out of Emory & Henry's defensive third all afternoon.
- Junior Anthony Astruc (Glen Allen, Va. / Benedictine) got his shot at goal and found the back of the net. In the 74th minute, he intercepted a pass from an Emory & Henry defender in the middle of the box and sent it over the diving goalie for his fourth score of the season. Sophomore Dylan Ogletree (La Plata, Md. / La Plata) was credited with the assist on the play.
- On his senior day, Andrew Gyimesi (Midlothian, Va. / James River) took a ball to goal in the 78th minute. Gyimesi recovered from a defender tackling the ball, then spun and hit the left back post. It marked his second goal of the season.
- R-MC finished with a last goal in the 89th minute. Freshman Brooks Eason (Richmond, Va. / Maggie Walker) scored his first career goal after senior Will Baxter (Richmond, Va. / Trinity Episcopal) passed over to him just inside the top of the box. Eason boxed out the defender, turned to the outside and sent a slow roller to the opposite side to score.
Key Players & Stats
- In what was fitting for a senior day, senior Peyton Chichester (Richmond, Va. / James River) helped guide the team by working possession through the midfield. He claimed dozens of long balls and other wins that needed play while in-flight.
- Other important possessors through the midfield and in the few times the Wasps got chances in the defensive third included Myers, fellow junior Josh Beeker (Bel Air, Md. / Bel Air) and Staton.
- Sophomore Aaron Eiser (North Chesterfield, Va. / Monacan) also got some crucial tackles in the attacking third and midfield.
- Astruc was the team leader in shots with seven. Two of his fell on goal. R-MC held the overall shot advantage at 28-5.
- In his final regular season home match, senior goalkeeper Brian Breslin (Fairfax, Va. / W.T. Woodson) made two saves – the only two shots on goal that came his way.
- R-MC did not allow a single corner kick to the Wasps.
- Outside of Breslin, Chichester, Baxter and Gyimesi, other seniors honored included Brad Robertson (Mechanicsville, Va. / Atlee), who played off the bench today and added energy to the team in the later portions of both halves and Carter Tyree (Alexandria, Va. / St. Stephen & St. Agnes School), who has been a two-year member of the program, beginning play as a junior -- which is relatively unheard of. However, Tyree's impression on the coaching staff was immense and he has provided a competitive attitude in training since.
- Zach Olmsted (La Plata, Md./La Plata) was also recognized. Olmsted has served as student assistant coach this season after being a three-year member of the squad. Olmsted has served as a model of resilience as well as a cultural and work ethic leader for the team.
Randolph-Macon will face Virginia Wesleyan at 7:00 PM on Wednesday.