HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – Senior Cole Burton/Haw River, N.C. and junior Connor Shaw/Durham, N.C. posted their first goals of the season while Mary Baldwin gave up an own goal to help lead the Hampden-Sydney Soccer team to a 3-0 shutout win over the visiting Fighting Squirrels on Wednesday evening in its home opener. The Tigers improve to 1-2 overall with the win while MBU falls to 1-1 on the season.
After playing a scoreless first half that saw H-SC take 12 shots to Mary Baldwin's one, the scoreboard came alive in the second half.
In the 60th minute, after some back and forth play in front of the Fighting Squirrels keeper, a loose ball was tipped in the air by an MBU player past their keeper, Obdulio Argueta, for an own goal. Just five minutes later, Burton fired a shot past Argueta to give the Tigers a 2-0 advantage.
The scoring kept coming for H-SC when a shot by senior Jacob Mann/Mebane, N.C. hit off the crossbar, but it was Shaw who found the rebound with a spectacular bicycle kick past the keeper into the net for the 3-0 lead. The goal by Shaw was so good, that it made number five on ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10.
The two teams played even the remainder of the game to give the Tigers the victory.
Senior Spell Carr/Clinton, N.C. had eight shots for H-SC while the Tigers had the team advantage with 24 shots to Mary Baldwin's three. Senior keeper Gray Sutter/Clinton, N.C. posted his first shutout of the season in the win. He only needed to make one save to preserve the victory.
As a team, the Tigers had seven corner kicks to the Fighting Squirrels two. Mary Baldwin also committed 21 fouls to only 15 by H-SC.
The Tigers return to the pitch on Saturday, September 7 when they travel to Haverford for the Jimmy Mills Invitational. H-SC will start with a match-up with The College of New Jersey at 2:30 p.m. The Lions come into the match with a 3-0 record.