HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Hampden-Sydney Soccer team opened up the Jimmy Mills Classic with a loss to The College of New Jersey on Saturday afternoon, 1-0. The two teams played through a scoreless first half before the Lions were able to score in the 56th minute. The Tigers move to 1-3 on the season while TCNJ improves to 4-0.
Less than a minute into the game, senior Spell Carr/Clinton, N.C. took a corner kick, but H-SC was unable to capitalize in the early going. Fellow senior Josh McCormack/Stafford took the first shot of the game at 2:46 but the Lions goalie was able to make the save. The two would go back to back again later in the half with Carr taking a corner kick and McCormack taking the shot. Unfortunately the result was the same for the Tigers.
The two teams played through a scoreless first period, heading into the break tied.
After trading fouls to start the second half, TCNJ was able to find the back of the net off a header to put the Lions up 1-0. Neither team took a shot in the final 15 minutes of the game to allow the Lions to hold for the win.
McCormack took three shots in the game while both seniors Cole Burton/Haw River, N.C. and Connor Shaw/Durham, N.C. each had two. Carr, senior Nolan Poretz/Ashburn, sophomore Grayson Harmon/Church Road and freshman Kade Wheeler/Blacksburg each had one shot in the contest.
Junior keeper Gray Sutter/Clinton, N.C. played all 90 minutes for H-SC making three saves.
The Tigers lead TCNJ in shots (11-7) and corner kicks (8-2) with the Lions having the advantage in saves (4-3).
H-SC concludes action in Pennsylvania with a game against host Haverford on Sunday, September 8 at 2:30 p.m. The Fords (1-1) dropped their first game of the season to Centre in the earlier matchup of the day, 2-0.