LEXINGTON, Va. – Hampden-Sydney senior forward Andrew Berg tallied the game-winning goal in the 86th minute as the seventh-seeded Tigers went on to defeat sixth-seeded Washington and Lee, 2-1, in the semifinal round of the ODAC men's soccer tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Watt Field.
Both squads played a strong first half, ending the opening 45 minutes in a 0-0 tie. W&L's (8-7-2) best scoring opportunity came with just under five minutes remaining, as first-year midfielder Justin TenBrook (Millville, N.J./St. Augustine Prep) and sophomore defender Conor Starr (Summit, N.J./The Pingry School) both took shots that fell just wide of the net.
W&L recorded its lone goal of the game in the 57th minute after junior midfielder Jamie Paldino (Kensington, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford) tapped in a shot that bounced off Tigers (8-8-3) senior keeper John Robert Plyler to give the Generals a 1-0 advantage.
However, H-SC (8-8-3) responded almost a minute later when junior forward Bryan Wharton connected on a free kick just outside of the box to knot the score at 1-1.
W&L and H-SC played competitively the remainder of the second half, but Berg recorded his game-winner in the 86th minute after he picked up a rebound from a blocked shot by sophomore midfielder Nick DeProspero, giving the Tigers the 2-1 victory and advancing them to face either Lynchburg College or Randolph College in the ODAC Championship match on Saturday.
Senior keeper Will Dorrance (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) played all 90:00 for W&L, stopping five shots. Plyler also played the duration, recording six saves.
The Generals conclude their 2010 season with an 8-7-2 overall record.
W&L – Jamie Paldino (unassisted) – 56:42
H-SC – Bryan Wharton (unassisted) – 58:06
H-SC – Andrew Berg (unassisted) – 85:01
W&L: Will Dorrance – 90:00, 2 GA, 5 saves
H-SC: John Robert Plyler – 90:00, 1 GA, 6 saves
W&L: 16 shots, 4 corner kicks, 7 saves, 19 fouls, 1 yellow card (Greg Jackson)
H-SC: 16 shots, 3 corner kicks, 6 saves, 14 fouls, 2 yellow cards (Jackson Parker, Matt Hampton)