Generals come away with 1-1 draw at No. 9 Lynchburg

Will Rowson

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's soccer team came away with a 1-1 draw against ninth-ranked Lynchburg in ODAC action on Saturday night.

With just 2:10 remaining in regulation and trailing by a score, the Generals (5-3-1, 3-0-1 ODAC) were awarded a corner kick as senior midfielder Kevin Lencioni (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) stepped up to take it. Lencioni curled the ball across the field where it found first-year defender Jack Rawlins (Springfield, Va./Lake Braddock Secondary) who headed the ball past the keeper to tie the game.

The game reached the second overtime period where both teams exchanged offensive chances. The Generals' best opportunity came in the 102nd minute when a cross was played out in the middle of the field. From there, senior midfielder Dylan Ritch (Mint Hill, N.C./Independence) raced in and fired a shot from 25 yards out but right to the Hornets' keeper.

The Hornets (8-0-2, 4-0-1 ODAC) looked to end the game in the 108th minute when senior forward Zach Thomas found himself one-on-one with W&L first-year goalkeeper Michael Nyc (Kildeer, Ill./Aldai E. Stevenson) at the top of the goal box. Thomas shot but Nyc made the save to preserve the tied score as the Generals' defense was able to hold up Lynchburg from that point on.

Lynchburg took the first lead of the game but not until the 85th minute when junior forward Hussein Osman had his shot saved by Nyc, but first-year forward Joey Daly was there to collect the rebound and finish the chance for the goal.

Ritch and junior defender Oliver Dolberg (Clovis, Calif./Floyd B. Buchanan) led the Generals' offense with two shots apiece, combining for three on goal, as five other players shot once. Nyc (4-1-1) played all 110 minutes in goal for the Generals and made five saves.

For the Hornets, junior forward Josh Ashby led the way with five shots followed by sophomore midfielder Ben Mackey and Daly who both shot three times. Senior goalkeeper Dylan McLaurin saw 110 minutes of action in the Lynchburg goal and saved four shots.

For the game, Lynchburg held a 16-9 shot advantage, including 11-5 after the first half, and took nine corner kicks to three for W&L.

The Generals will return to the pitch on Wednesday when they host Hampden-Sydney in a 3:30 pm ODAC matchup.

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