EMORY, Va. -- A 3-0 road win at Emory & Henry College on Saturday has helped Virginia Wesleyan College's men's soccer team to remain in the battle for the top four seeds in the upcoming Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament.
That will all be decided on Tuesday, Oct. 28, and Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the final regular-season contests that will determine the final seeding for the tournament. While Roanoke College's Maroons have tucked away the top seed, Virginia Wesleyan, Lynchburg College, and Hampden-Sydney College are among the teams battling for the three remaining home field berths.
While Lynchburg will travel for a cross-town battle with rival Randolph College on Tuesday, Oct. 28, Virginia Wesleyan will also hit the road to play at H-SC at 7 p.m.
Virginia Wesleyan, the defending ODAC champion, rode the 3-0 win over Emory & Henry intothe No. 2 slot in the ODAC with a 7-2-1 league mark and a 10-4-2 record overall. The Marlins scored twice in the second half to help notch the victory.
Senior Stephen Sawicki (Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and sophomore Nick Dudek (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven)both scored their first goals of the season to help secure the win. Sawicki put the Marlins on the scoreboard in the 28th minute, knocking a header into the net off an assist from senior Brandon St. Amour (Stafford/Mountain View). Dudek picked up a loose ball in the box to score the Marlins' third goal, in the 84th minute.
In between those goals, senior Isaac Arrington (DeSoto, Texas/Midlothian, Texas) came through to score his sixth goal of the season. He beat a defender on the left side to score in the 57th minute.
Virginia Wesleyan finished with a 12-6 advantage in shots, helped by a 6-1 showing in the first half. The Marlins also held the advantage in corner kicks, 6-2.
Junior goalie Connor Kirkham (Centreville/Chantilly Westfield)played in goal for the Marlins and recorded five saves. Didier Grillet (Matthews, N.C./South Mecklenburg) finished with two saves for the host Wasps.