LYNCHBURG, Va. -- One kick after another failed to find its way into the net for Virginia Wesleyan College's Marlins in a penalty kick showdown with the host Lynchburg College Hornets Tuesday.
Lynchburg ended the shootout with its third straight kick into the net, however, giving the Hornets a hard-fought berth in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday, Nov. 8.
Second seeded Lynchburg and third seeded VWC played to a 2-2 tie through 90 minutes of regulation competition and extended the battle through two overtime sessions. When the extra periods failed to produce a goal, the teams lined up for the penalty kick decision.
Lynchburg (12-6-1) scored the first goal of the game in the 20th minute on a rebound shot by Luke Moore (Richmond/Hermitage), but Virginia Wesleyan (11-4-4), the defending ODAC champion, answered four minutes later. Rookie Alex Suprise (Milwaukee, Wis./Piux XI) put the ball into the left side of the net off a cross from senior Isaac Arrington (DeSoto, Texas/Midlothian, Texas).
The Hornets wasted little time in regaining the advantage however, as David Yates (Warrenton/Fauquier) scored off a corner kick in the 26th minute. Lynchburg rode the 2-1 lead into the halftime break.
Both teams produced several shots in the early minutes of the second half, but it was Virginia Wesleyan that connected for a score. Sophomore Tanner Martin (York, Pa./Suburban) put the ball into the goal, finishing off a cross from senior Chris Cooke (Hampton/Phoebus) in the 58th minute to make it a 2-2 game.
Shots were there for both teams in the following minutes, including the overtimes, but neither team could find the lead-grabbing goal.
An intense second half produced 23 shots, including 13 by Lynchburg. The Hornets finished with a slim 25-21 edge in shots overall, and a 9-7 edge in corner kicks.
Junior Connor Kirkham (Centreville/Chantilly Westfield)produced 11 saves for the Marlins and Corey Budka (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) had seven saves for the Hornets.