Second Half Offense Lifts VWU over Shenandoah

Andrew Duenke scored twice on Saturday.
Andrew Duenke scored twice on Saturday.

Second Half Offense Lifts VWU over Shenandoah

WINCHESTER, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan University men's soccer team earned a much needed 3-2 victory over Shenandoah University after a second half goal fest on Saturday.

As the first half began, the Marlins came out of the gate with a drive to score goals. Between eight Marlin offsides calls and their eight first half shots, there was certainly no shortage of offensive aggression among the Marlin squad. The Hornets were able to put up two first half shots of their own, but neither side could find that extra bit of goal-scoring magic which brought the first half to a close with a scoreline of 0-0.
 
Early in the second half, Kyle Richardson was able to find the back of the net with the help of Devin Wallace's assist in the 52nd minute. As the clock struck minute 58, Hornet fans saw Andrew Duenke score a goal of his own with an assist from Ryan Kraus.
 
The Hornets would not go away easily however, as Brian Maye slotted one away in the 59th minute to cut the Marlin lead to 2-1. 
 
After an unfortunate Virginia Wesleyan own goal in the 63rd minute, the Marlins were able to bounce right back in the 70th minute thanks to another goal from Duenke to put the Marlins up 3-2.
 
Shenandoah (2-14-1/0-7-1) goalkeeper Sam Fischer was able to put up 10 saves on the night as Marlin goalkeeper Jamison Auer acquired two of his own.
 
Virginia Wesleyan held a 17-7 edge in shots and 8-3 advantage in corner kicks.
 
Virginia Wesleyan (8-8/3-5) hosts Lynchburg College (13-1-1/7-0) on Wednesday in the final regular season match of the year for the Marlins.