EMORY, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's soccer team earned its 500th program victory in a 4-1 win over Emory & Henry on Tuesday night at Fred Selfe Stadium.
Smith got the Generals (11-3, 5-1) on the board first in the fifth minute after receiving a cross from junior Sterling Kirk (San Francisco, Calif. / Stuart Hall). He then placed the ball into the lower right corner of the net.
Ritch would find the back of the net at the 7:50 mark off of a free kick just outside the box to give W&L a 2-0 lead. Ritch scored his second goal of the game at 16:38, when junior Kevin Molnar (Mendham, N.J. / Delbarton School) crossed a ball from the right side of the field into the box for Ritch to place it just past E&H (8-6-1, 1-4-1) senior Didier Grillet.
Junior forward Jordan Couch gave the Wasps their only goal of the game in the 37th minute on an assist from first-year defender Massimo Tager. The Generals would take a 3-1 lead going into halftime.
Smith scored his second goal and the Generals final goal less than five minutes into the start of the second half at the 49:42 mark. W&L would keep its three-goal lead for the rest of the game.
W&L held a 22-10 advantage in shots and a 7-5 edge in corners. First-year Thomas Zusi (Chester, N.J. / Pingry School) played the full 90 minutes and made five saves. Grillet also played the full 90 minutes and made nine saves for the Wasps.
The Washington and Lee men's soccer program is now 500-401-85 over its 70 seasons.
W&L returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Randolph at 12:00 pm.
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