Lynchburg Advances to ODAC Title Game on PK's Over Virginia Wesleyan

LYNCHBURG, Va. --- Lynchburg College will compete in the 2014 ODAC Men's Soccer Tournament championship game after advancing in the semifinals on Tuesday night against Virginia Wesleyan College 2-2 (3-0 in penalty kicks). The game will go down in the record books as a 2-2 double-overtime tie, with the Hornets advancing via the penalty-kick shootout.

In a game that had all of the thrill you could ask for in a ODAC playoff soccer match, the seniors knew the implications of the match: win or go home, and they were not quite ready to end their season just yet.

The Hornets' offense came out firing in this one, shooting a total of 25 shots, 20 of which came during regulation.  LC was first to score when senior forward Luke Moore netted a goal off an assist by Earl Rimbey 20 minutes into the first half.

The Marlins responded when Alex Suprise scored off a cross to the left side from Isaac Arrington to even the game at 1-1.

Lynchburg was quick to answer though as David Yates, another senior, scored on his own corner kick to regain the lead for the Hornets.  LC held the 2-1 lead going into the half.

Virginia Wesleyan fought hard to control the second half of play, shooting 13 of its' 21 shots and forcing Lynchburg's keeper, Corey Budka, to make six of his seven saves in the period.  The Marlins eventually found the net in the 58th minute when Chris Cooke sent a cross in front of the goal to Tanner Martin who finished the play and tie the game once again.

No goals were scored by either team from that point on, resulting in overtime.  Two scoreless 10-minute overtime periods followed, sending the game into a penalty-kick shootout.

First in line for Lynchburg was Moore, who struck his shot into the upper left side of the goal to start.  Then Stephen Sawicki stepped up for the Marlins and his shot went off the right post and wide.

Josh Hinkle, another Hornet senior, fired his shot past the Marlins' keeper bottom left to take a 2-0 lead in the shootout.  Virginia Wesleyan's kick by Blake Eshelman hit the opposite post, giving the Hornets a chance to take a significant lead.

Yates' scored on his penalty kick to go ahead 3-0 and leave the final play up to Budka, who only needed a save for LC to advance.  The sophomore keeper did just that on a shot by Suprise, setting up Lynchburg for a date with Roanoke College in the ODAC championship game.

Connor Kirkham made 10 saves throughout the game in goal for the Marlins, who finish the year with an 11-4-4 record.

Lynchburg (12-6-1) advances to the ODAC championship match, which will be played on Saturday at Roanoke in Salem at a time to be determined.

--- This release is courtesy of the Lynchburg College sports information department. ---