VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. – The Hampden-Sydney soccer team extended its winning-streak to seven games as freshman Boyce Purdie/Clinton, N.C. and senior Eli Strong/Windermere, Fla. each found the back of the net during a 2-1 win at Virginia Wesleyan. The Tigers improve to 8-5 overall and 3-0 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), while the Marlins fall to 4-7 overall, 2-1 in conference play.
Neither team was able to find its footing in the early going. Besides a corner kick by senior Spell Carr/Clinton, N.C. late in the fifth minute, the first offensive action came after the Marlins' fouled Carr about 10 yards outside the goal box.
Senior Cole Burton/Haw River, N.C. took the free-kick and sailed it over the keepers hands but hit the crossbar where it dropped down in front. Purdie was running in and tapped the ball to the left of the keeper for the goal and the lead at the 36:44 mark. It was the only shot taken by either team in the opening half.
Just three and a half minutes in to the second half, the Marlins took a corner kick and scored from in front of the box to even the score at 1-1.
After a bad Marlins pass allowed the Tigers to pass the ball down in front of the VWU keeper, senior Sean McMurray/Apex, N.C. found Strong, who was 10 yards in front of the goal, to give the Tigers the lead once-again, 2-1.
A last-second shot by the Marlins was blocked, preserving the win for H-SC.
The Tigers return home on Saturday, October 12 when they host Lynchburg. The Homecoming game with the Hornets (4-3-4, 1-0-1 ODAC) gets underway at 7 p.m. from Hellmuth-Gibson Field.