HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Hampden-Sydney soccer team continued its now 11-game unbeaten streak with a 3-2 win over Eastern Mennonite on the road Saturday evening. Junior Jack Sweney/Duluth, Ga. scored a pair of goals against the Royals, including the game-winner in the 75th minute. The victory keeps the Tigers atop the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) standings at 6-0-1 in league play. H-SC improved to 11-5-1 overall, while the Royals fall to 5-13, 0-7 in the ODAC.
EMU got on the board first with a goal in the eighth minute after pass from a corner kick. The Tigers would control the ball for most of the next 33 minutes, taking 11 shots over the period and forcing the Royals keeper to make five saves during the stretch.
On the 11th shot, however, senior Josh McCormack/Stafford had his attempt saved by EMU, but the keeper could not keep a hand on the ball—allowing Sweney to put a foot on the ball and find the back of the net at the 41:06 mark to even the score at 1-1.
The two teams would stay tied at the half.
H-SC took a pair of early shots in the second half to put the pressure on EMU, but the Royals scored on their first shot of the half in the 51st minute to retake the lead, 2-1. Both teams would play even for the next 15 minutes before a bad Royals' pass off a corner kick allowed freshman Boyce Purdie/Clinton, N.C. to find senior Cole Burton/Haw River, N.C. in the EMU box. Burton would put the ball past the outstretched, diving arms of the Royals' goalie to even the score, 2-2, at the 66:36 mark.
After a pair of H-SC corner kicks and five more Tiger shots in the next eight minutes, Sweney took a backfoot, no-look pass at the 74:26 mark from senior Spell Carr/Clinton, N.C. just three yards in front of the goal. After a quick dribble, Sweney right-footed the ball into the left side of the goal to provide for the final score, 3-2.
Junior Gray Sutter/Clinton, N.C. earned his second-straight win in goal for the Tigers.
H-SC had nearly triple its season average in shots, taking 32 to just 14 for the Royals.
The Tigers wrap-up the regular season at home on Tuesday, October 29, when they host Randolph (9-6-1, 4-3-0 ODAC) at 7 p.m. at Hellmuth-Gibson Field. Prior to the start of the contest, H-SC will honor its 10 seniors for their contributions to the program over the past four seasons.