Kemp's Miracle Carries Marlins Past Monarchs
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Senior midfielder Josh Kemp got a free kick from five yards past the center stripe, ripped a shot that lofted over keeper Alex Rabone to give the Virginia Wesleyan men's soccer team a 1-0 victory on Wednesday night.
A physical game throughout with 25 fouls called set up VWC near midfield 20 minutes into the second half. Kemp stepped in to take the kick and as the ball sailed towards the box, the Marlins crashed to the net with hopes of a header opportunity. Rabone eased forward to defend the attempt, but Kemp's ball stayed up just long enough to clear the outstretched hand of a leaping Rabone for the game's lone score.
Methodist had several opportunities, but the Monarchs' high-powered offense was quelled by the VWC defensive line. Reigning USA South Player of the Week Eirek Nordseth had one of the best chances for MU as his free kick bent around the Wesleyan line but slammed off the post. Fredrik Aalberg had a point blank opportunity with five minutes remaining but Connor Kirkham stopped the shot to preserve his second shutout of the year.
Rabone made five saves for Methodist (2-1-1) while Kirkham made a pair of stops for Virginia Wesleyan.
The Marlins (3-1) face Salisbury University on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. in a neutral site contest held at St. Mary's (Md.) College.