Marlins-WildCats Draw in Defensive Struggle

Marlins-WildCats Draw in Defensive Struggle

Marlins-WildCats Draw in Defensive Struggle

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan College men's soccer team battled through two overtime periods with Randolph College on Saturday afternoon before ending in a scoreless draw in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener for both squads.

Randolph attacked aggressively early on the offensive end. Senior Troy Jurney shot two corner kicks for the WildCats within the first two and a half minutes of the game. The Marlins responded with a shot on goal five minutes later with Alex Surprise's attempt being saved by Erick Cortez-Martinez.

Play was chippy in this match, as both teams had more than 12 fouls apiece. Randolph was assessed three yellow cards while the Marlins were issued one.

Both teams took five or more shots on goal, but the defensive intensity by both teams earned the shine in this match. However, Randolph took 11 corner kicks on the day and the Marlins only shot three corner kicks.

Andrew Duenke's shot attempt for the Marlins at the 107:58 minute was blocked by the WildCats defense. Randolph moved the ball deep in the Marlins territory moments later and Joe Thames shot attempt at the 109:45 minute sailed high over the net.

Virginia Wesleyan goalie, Jay Fox, posted five saves in the match while Cortez-Martinez collected six saves in the match for the WildCats (5-1-2/0-0-1).

The Marlins (2-3-2/0-0-1) face off against Lynchburg College next Saturday in a 7 p.m. ODAC contest in Lynchburg.