Late Fireworks Cannot Lift VWU over Captains

Ikechukwu Etonyeaku scored the second goal for the Marlins on Wednesday. Photo by: Jim Auer
Ikechukwu Etonyeaku scored the second goal for the Marlins on Wednesday. Photo by: Jim Auer

Late Fireworks Cannot Lift VWU over Captains

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's soccer team trailed by three goals late in the second half Wednesday against Christopher Newport University. Two late scores pushed the Captains to the brink, but the hosts would prevail 4-2 in non-conference action.

Christopher Newport scored the lone goal of the first half as Jimmy Grace provided an unassisted tally. The Captains attempted an impressive seven corner kicks in the first 45 minutes, resulting in 12 shots as the Marlins stopped four.

The second half was full of excitement as five goals found the back of the net and the teams combined for 21 fouls and six cards.

Stephen Durbin scored a pair of goals in the 54th and 72nd minutes to put CNU up 3-0. Noah Peizer and Samsu Sallah provided assists on the scores. The Captain defense looked to lock up a victory with 18 minutes remaining, but the Marlins struck for a pair of goals to cut the deficit to one.

The first score by the Marlins came on an interesting variety as goalkeeper Nick Peterson sent a goal kick deep over the midfield defense. Ryan Kraus corralled the ball, scoring low to make it 3-1 and net an assist for the keeper. The goal occurred at 74:23, just two minutes as CNU's third tally.

The Marlins made another push with less than five minutes remaining when Miciah Brown took a hard shot into the box that found the foot of Ikechukwu Etonyeaku. The forward quickly spun, ripping a shot that made it past the CNU keeper to cut the lead to 3-2 at the 86:39 mark.

The final minute was heated as both teams committed fouls. With just 23 seconds to play, yellow cards were assessed to both teams. Grace took the game on his foot again, scoring on a long shot from midfield for the fourth, and insurance, tally for CNU.

Zach Pedini made five saves for CNU while Peterson finished with a career-high 10 stops for VWU.

Christopher Newport (4-2) led 24-15 in shots and 7-5 in corner kicks.

Virginia Wesleyan (5-2/0-0) saw its three-game winning streak end on Wednesday. The Marlins will look to start another streak as VWU travels to Emory & Henry College (3-4/0-0) for the ODAC opener on Saturday at 3 p.m.