Cooke's goal lifts VWC to victory over Randolph-Macon

Cooke's goal lifts VWC to victory over Randolph-Macon

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Chris Cooke's best delivery Wednesday was a knuckleball.

There wasn't any wind up, or a mound, but there was speed and strength on the pitch at Virginia Wesleyan College's Trinder Center where Cooke produced a kick from about 15 yards out on the left that sent the ball on a spinless path toward the goal, between the goalie's legs, and into the net in the 69th minute of competition.

It was an impressive goal that held up the rest of the way as Virginia Wesleyan posted a 1-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory over Randolph-Macon College's Yellow Jackets.

Aggressive play by both sides dominated the game, particularly in the second half as the Marlins (6-3-2, 3-1-1) and Jackets (2-9, 0-5) attempted to find a break to get onto the scoreboard. Twenty-five fouls were whistled, including 21 in the second half, and seven yellow cards were issued, including six in the second half.

Randolph-Macon put the pressure on VWC early in the contest, generating an offense that outshot the Marlins 10-6 in the first 45 minutes.  Virginia Wesleyan returned to the field to turn things around in the second half, producing a, 11-5 advantage in shots that gave the Marlins with a 17-15 edge by the end of the game.  Logan McHugh (Churchville, Md./West Nottingham) sparked the R-MC offensive effort while Josh Kemp ( Frisco, Texas/Addison Trinity Christian Academy), Isaac Arrington (DeSoto, Texas/Midlothian, Texas) and Cooke led VWC.

Connor Kirkham aided the victory with a solid effort in goal, producing six saves.  R-MC's Michael Bly also produced six saves in 82:36, before CJ Montalbano entered to finish.

VWC returns to competition Saturday, Oct. 11, playing at Shenandoah University at 5 p.m.