Marlins Hand 2-1 Upset to Hornets in ODAC Quarters
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- No. 5 Virginia Wesleyan College scored with less than two minutes left in the first overtime to upset No. 4 seed Lynchburg College 2-1 Tuesday night in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) quarterfinal action.
The Marlins jumped out early, scoring on their third shot of the game. Alex Castelli took the set piece off a foul on the right side of the pitch. He crossed his attempt into the box where Andrew Freeman headed it into the net for his second score of the year.
Lynchburg evened the tally at 71:52 when Thomas Salamone centered a pass that was put away by Austin Kues, who used his size to score over the Marlin defense.
The game went back and forth for the final 18 minutes of regulation with both teams making several pushes. Similar to the match earlier in the regular season, the squads headed to overtime tied at one.
Lynchburg looked to control momentum in the extra session as Dan Jobrack took a shot that was blocked at 92:30. The Hornets followed it up with two corner kicks but could not capitalize.
In fact, the Marlins did not attempt a shot in overtime as a defensive miscue cost Lynchburg.
Virginia Wesleyan had possession at 98:37, trying to make a push with the ball in the box. Robert Holschuh was attacking the ball, but a Lynchburg defender closed on it first. He inadvertently kicked the ball into his own goal, giving the Marlins the victory while ending the season for Lynchburg.
Connor Kirkham made five saves for Virginia Wesleyan while Cory Budka stopped two shots for Lynchburg (10-4-4). Lynchburg held edges in shots, 18-9, and corner kicks, 7-1.
No. 5 Virginia Wesleyan (9-5-3) will travel to No. 1 Washington and Lee University for an ODAC semifinal contest Saturday. The Generals defeated Eastern Mennonite University 2-0 earlier on Tuesday, securing the right to host the ODAC semifinals and championship.