VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A Scott Harrelson goal in the waning moments of regulation gave the Virginia Wesleyan University men's soccer team the 3-2 victory over Shenandoah Saturday evening at the Trinder Center. With the win the Marlins improve to 3-11-1 on the year and go to 3-5-1 in conference play. Shenandoah slides to 6-9-1 on the year (3-6-0 ODAC).
The Marlins struck first in this contest after applying solid pressure through the first minutes of the game. The pressure earned the Marlins a corner kick in the 14th minute which Austin McKenzie lined up to take. The senior swung one into the far post where L.J. Hicks headed one that skid across the crossbar. Coming off the woodwork, the ball found the head of Ricky Perrault who tapped it in for the Marlin score. The Hornets battled back though and evened the game at 1-1 before the whistle for halftime.
In the second, Virginia Wesleyan would regain the lead courtesy of another Perrault goal. The play got started as Harrelson dribbled the ball through the middle of the field, finding Hicks for a pass on the outside. A nice give-and-go got the ball back to Harrelson near the end line in the box. He then slid a nice low cross in front of the goal mouth that found Perrault for the go-ahead goal. Once again though, Shenandoah evened it back up in the 80th minute.
With time winding down, the Marlins needed a goal to keep their hopes of post season play alive. Their prayer was answered as Tyler Pratt used a beautiful corner kick to the back post that found Harrelson's head for what would be the game-winner in the 86th minute. The team then used a bit of keep away to drain the clock down and seal the victory.
Griffin Potter got the nod in net, making three saves en route to his second win of his collegiate career.
Men's soccer will return to action at 7 p.m. on Wednesday as the team will host Randolph-Macon in the final game of the regular season.