Chances Abound in 1-1 Draw with Wasps
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan College men's soccer team had multiple chances Saturday afternoon, but Emory & Henry College keeper Didier Grillet made 14 saves to force a 1-1 draw in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play.
Virginia Wesleyan got on the board first with less than three minutes remaining in the first half when Tanner Korfhagen ripped a shot from outside the box that was saved off to the right by a diving Grillet. Skyler Simmonds was there for the quick rebound and 1-0 lead.
The lead could have been more as the Marlins outshot E&H 14-5 in the first half while forcing Grillet to make five saves as opposed to just one by VWC keeper Connor Kirkham.
Emory & Henry used the momentum that those missed chances provided to get on the board shortly into the second half. Chandler Hundman took the ball outside the box to the left and sent it in to Jordan Couch who put it away to even the contest at 56:33.
Virginia Wesleyan took just three shots in the next 10 minutes before a scary moment rallied the Marlins once again. Defender Zach Landis went down with an injury at the 66:27 mark and had to be taken off by ambulance, resulting in a 25-minute delay.
The Marlins came out of the delay and pushed the momentum as Josh Kemp almost instantly took a shot that was saved by Grillet. VWC took 15 shots in the 25 minutes that remained in the second half, forcing Grillet to stop six of those balls to get to overtime.
The defenses continued to battle through two overtime periods, resulting in the draw in the ODAC opener for both teams.
VWC outshot Emory & Henry (2-2-2/0-0-1 ODAC) 41-11 and held a 6-2 lead in corner kicks. Kirkham finished with a pair of saves for the Marlins.
Virginia Wesleyan (3-2-1/0-0-1) travels to Eastern Mennonite University (2-5/0-1) Wednesday for another ODAC matchup. First kick is scheduled for 7 p.m.