HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – After a lengthy weather delay at the beginning of the second half, the Hampden-Sydney soccer team played through 90 minutes of scoreless action against Averett. However, the Cougars were able to score just 36 seconds into overtime to come away with a 1-0 win. The Tigers move to 1-5 on the season while Averett improves to 2-3.
The Tigers looked to jump on the scoreboard early and often during the first half taking nine shots to just one for Averett. A couple of corner kicks by the Tigers in the third minute were just off target to get H-SC the lead.
Just one minute and 10 seconds into the second half, play was halted due to increasingly bad weather in the area. Both teams left the field for nearly an hour and half before they were able to return.
When play resumed, neither team was able to find the net. The Tigers took seven more shots in the second half compared to just three for Averett. Each team picked up two yellow cards in the second half, but neither could capitalize on the other's penalties.
With the score tied up at 0-0, the two teams took a quick break before starting the overtime period. H-SC took the opening kick off, but the Cougars were able to push the ball deep into Tiger territory. A misplayed ball in front of the H-SC goal just 36 seconds into the overtime period led to a Cougar goal to end the game.
The Tigers had the advantage in shots (16-5) and corner kicks (8-1). Averett made six saves on the evening. Seven different Tigers took shots, led by seniors Cole Burton/Haw River, N.C. and Josh McCormack/Stafford along with sophomore Cody Brugos/Dinwiddie with three apiece.
H-SC returns to the pitch on Saturday, September 14 when they travel to Buena Vista, Va. to take on Southern Virginia University. The Knights head into the game at 1-4 on the season, earning their first win in overtime against Shenandoah on Wednesday evening. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.