LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Randolph College men's soccer team received three cards over the final 30 seconds of the match to lead to a game-tying W&L penalty kick and eventual 2-1 overtime victory for the Generals on Saturday afternoon at WildCat Stadium.
The Generals (4-4-1, 2-2-1 ODAC) gained a significant momentum swing in the final five minutes of the contest, as they registered two shots on goal and three corner kicks.
However, the biggest turn of the match occurred in the 89th minute, as sophomore defender Zach Clarke (Beaumont, Texas/Monsignor Kelly Catholic) took a corner kick. After the kick, a scuffle occurred in the Randolph box, leading to two yellow cards and a red card being issued to three Randolph players.
The red card in the Randolph box gave W&L an automatic penalty kick, and junior defender Conor Starr (Summit, N.J./The Pingry School) connected on the PK to knot the score at 1-1 and send the match into extra minutes.
Carrying momentum into the extra session, W&L netted the game winner in the 98th minute, as sophomore midfielder Parker Wolfinger (Greer, S.C./Riverside) collected the ball and beat Randolph keeper Carter Smith one-on-one to improve the Generals to 4-4-1 overall and 2-2-1 in the ODAC.
In a closely-contested contest, the Generals (4-4-1, 2-2-1 ODAC) and WildCats were unable to dent the scoring column in the first half, with the hosts owning a 5-4 advantage in shots and a 3-0 edge in corner kicks over the opening 45 minutes.
Randolph's (8-3, 1-3 ODAC) goal came at the 58:21 mark, as Timmy Songer collected a through ball from John Vecchietti for the 1-0 WildCats lead.
For the contest, the Generals led the WildCats, 12-11 in shots, but trailed, 6-5, in corner kicks.
Senior keeper Ben Petitto (Gainesville, Fla./St. Francis Catholic) played the entirety for W&L, recording two saves. Smith also played the entire match for Randolph, finishing with two saves.
The Generals return to action on Wednesday, hosting Southern Virginia at 4:00 pm.