LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's soccer team overcame an early 1-0 deficit to extend its unbeaten streak to six games after defeating Hampden-Sydney, 2-1, on a rainy Wednesday afternoon.
Trailing, 1-0, in the 24th minute, senior midfielder Viktor Dolberg (Clovis, Calif./Floyd B. Buchanan) took control of a loose ball around midfield and brought it upfield looking to tie the game. Just outside the 18-yard box, he found his brother Oliver Dolberg (Clovis, Calif./Floyd B. Buchanan) cutting towards the net. Viktor then sent a pass through the defense where the ball met the sliding kick of his brother as the Generals tied the game, 1-1.
In the 57th minute, senior midfielder Dylan Ritch (Mint Hill, N.C./Independence) found himself in the open field and passed ahead to senior midfielder Kevin Lencioni (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) on the left side. Lencioni needed just one touch to get around a defender and then shot across to the far post and past the Tigers' (5-6-1, 3-3 ODAC) keeper to give the Generals (6-3-1, 4-0-1 ODAC) the final lead of the game.
The Tigers pushed the ball up the field and into W&L territory numerous times within the final minutes of regulation, but the Generals' defensive unit held strong and found a way to hang on for the win.
Just 60 seconds into the contest, junior midfielder Spell Carr got a shot off from close range. The shot was blocked but Carr regained possession and finished the opportunity for the game's opening tally.
With his assist on Lencioni's game-winner, Ritch has tied the men's soccer program all-time career assists record as the senior now has 22 helpers to his credit. Ritch finished the game with a contest-high six shots with two on goal.
Lencioni was next with four total shots, one on goal, as Viktor Dolberg and sophomore midfielder Harris Salom (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) both recorded three shots. Oliver Dolberg finished with a pair of shots with his goal being his second of the season. In total, nine different W&L players tallied a shot, including six with multiple attempts.
Carr paced the Hampden-Sydney offense with three shots, while the rest of the team combined for three attempts.
First-year goalkeeper Michael Nyc (Kildeer, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) (5-1-1) was credited with the win after stopping two shots in 90 minutes of action. For the Tigers, sophomore keeper Gray Sutter (5-6-1) was tagged with the loss, making five saves in 90 minutes.
For the game, the Generals held advantages in shots (23-7) and corner kicks (6-1) and outshot the Tigers, 11-2, in the second half.
W&L will return to action on Saturday for a 12:00 pm start against ODAC rival Randolph with Senior Day festivities taking place prior to kick-off.
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