Kirkham's Incredible Game Nearly Leads VWC to Upset of No. 8 CNU

Kirkham's Incredible Game Nearly Leads VWC to Upset of No. 8 CNU

Kirkham's Incredible Game Nearly Leads VWC to Upset of No. 8 CNU

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Connor Kirkham had arguably the best games of his career Friday night, making a career-high 13 saves against No. 8 Christopher Newport University before the Captains prevailed 3-2 in overtime.

The Virginia Wesleyan men's soccer team jumped out to the lead in the first half as Ryan Kraus found Tyler Ostrovecky for his first goal of the season at the 25 minutes mark. The two teams battled the remainder of the half as CNU ripped eight shots in the first 45 minutes, Kirkham saving all five that came on goal.

The Marlins took the crowd out of the contest early in the second half as Ricky Perrault scored his second goal in as many games, as Alex Suprise found him at 53:47. The helper was also Suprise's second of the year.

CNU would not be deterred by the 2-0 deficit as Patrick Burns scored less than three minutes later off a Ryan Balfour assist. Burns tied the contest at the 63 minute mark as the two squads battled over the final 27 minutes to force overtime.

Christopher Newport had multiple chances in the second half to avoid overtime but Kirkham saved seven balls in the second half, several at point blank range. His hit goalkeeping carried over to overtime where he saved three more before Burns ultimately ended the game while picking up the hat trick.

Sammy Blosser and Hunter Simons added assists for CNU (2-0).

The Marlins were outshot (26-10) and trailed in corner kicks (11-1) but due to a 15-2 save margin, had the opportunity to win late.

Virginia Wesleyan (1-1) hosts Wesley College on Sunday at 1 p.m.