Marlins Score Twice Early, Draw with Allegheny

Marlins Score Twice Early, Draw with Allegheny

Marlins Score Twice Early, Draw with Allegheny

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan College men's soccer team scored twice in the first half before drawing with Allegheny College, 2-2, in the season opener for both squads.

The Marlins scored early on, at the 8:29 mark, when Tanner Martin attempted a pass up the middle for Ricky Perrault, but the goalkeeper came out to clear before he could get there. His touch went right to the feet of Andrew Duenke who, with the open goal, lofted an easy shot into the left side.

Allegheny tied it up at 32:38 after a lot of action in the box resulted in Jay Fox punching the ball out, but only went about five yards from the goal. Bryce Evans took advantage of good positioning to rip a shot into the back of the goal.

The Marlins took the lead again a minute later courtesy of a corner kick. Robert Holschuh saved it on goal line and beat the defender in the corner. He ripped a hard pass into the box where Ben Yount cracked a hard shot into the right side for the 2-1 goal.

Allegheny had a great chance at 22:10 in second half when a near-perfect corner kick to the back post for a header by Liam McKersie that looked destined for bottom right corner, but Fox dropped to his knees to make a great save low.

The Gators tied the match up for good at 69:27 when Liam McNamee delivered a long throw from the left side. Fox had to play the first touch by Evans, which then left Jorge Olan open for a volley into the middle of the goal from inside the six.

The Marlins maintained a 17-10 advantage in shots while holding a 10-6 edge in corner kicks. Fox had three saves for Virginia Wesleyan while David Stekla finished with two for Allegheny (0-0-1).

Virginia Wesleyan (0-0-1) hosts Greensboro College (0-0) Sunday at 1 p.m. for another non-conference contest.