Lynchburg Tops Roanoke to Claim ODAC Men's Soccer Title

SALEM, Va. ---  Josh Hinkle scored the only goal of the game in the second half to help the Lynchburg College men's soccer team defeat Roanoke College 1-0 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship game on Saturday.  The second-seeded Hornets defeated the top-seeded Maroons to advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010.

Both teams exchanged possession throughout the first half, with the Hornets gaining the best chances.  In the 5th minute, Luke Moore headed a cross just over the crossbar.  Fredy Flores then almost converted a give-and-go in the 7th minute, but Cole Sinclair came out and grabbed it before any shot could be attempted.

Roanoke earned its best opportunity in the 9th minute.  After winning a corner kick, Tyler Carbaugh sent the service into the box where Adam Yesbeck headed it off the post.  The ball ricocheted straight to Sam Rauf, who attempted a header, but Cory Budka stopped it.

A few more opportunities went to both sides the rest of the half, with the Hornets almost scoring on one.  In the 40th, after a cross was deflected by the Maroon goalie, Moore attempted a lob shot from just outside the box, which was saved, ensuring the 0-0 tie at the half.

Both defenses performed well to start the second, each side stopping opposing chances.  A cross in the box in the 56th minute was sent out by the Hornets, which led to a counter attack.  A long ball was deflected by Yesbeck which set up a LC corner kick.

Moore sent the service to the left side of the box, where fellow senior Hinkle headed the ball into the left side of the net, just past the diving Sinclair.  In the 69th, Hinkle almost doubled the lead on another header, but it went just wide of the goal.

In the 80th minute, the Maroons went down to 10 men, after a player was sent off.  However, RC had two great chances afterwards.  Carbaugh had a fast break, but Budka came off the line to knock it away.  Then with just 3:20 on the clock, Marc Dinkel sent a free kick outside the box, just over the net as Lynchburg would seal the 1-0 victory.

Roanoke and Lynchburg both finished the game with two shots on goal, but the Hornets outshot the Maroons 9-7.  RC finishes the season with a 15-3-2 overall record and will look to receive a Pool-C bid (at-large) in order to get to a tournament. 

Lynchburg (13-6-1) will receive the league's automatic bid for winning the title.  LC will find out where its headed on Monday at 1:30 during the NCAA Division Men's Soccer Selection Show.  The show can be found at http://www.ncaa.com/live/player?vid=2014/1825&date=2014/11/10.

2014 ODAC Men's Soccer All-Tournament Team

Virginia Wesleyan
Chris Cooke
Isaac Arrington

Washington and Lee
Patrick Barry
Sam Knapke 

Roanoke
Garrett Eldridge 
Dionys Beck 
Marc Dinkel 

Lynchburg
Cory Budka 
Luke Moore 
Josh Hinkle 
Nate Berning 

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