HAMPDEN-SYNDEY, Va. -- A 2-0 lead late in a soccer game is usually enough to carry a team to victory.
Virginia Wesleyan College's men's soccer team showed why that's not always the case.
VWC trailed 2-0 after 51 minutes of play at Hampden-Sydney College, but came on strong in the remaining regulation time to score twice and force the game into overtime. The Marlins dominated play in the overtime sessions, outshooting the host Tigers 5-1, but the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) contest ended in a 2-2 draw.
Tuesday's decision that keeps Virginia Wesleyan in front of H-SC as final league standings are determined heading into post-seasont tournament competition. While Hampden-Sydney is now 10-5-2 overall and 6-3-2 in the league, the defending ODAC champion Marlins are 10-4-3 and 7-2-2.
It took awhile to get to the 2-2 finish as the teams battled through 50 minutes without a score. That changed in a big way in the next five minutes as three goals were scored. H-SC took the lead on a shot by Ryan Turner (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson), assisted by James Lawrence (Midlothian/Midlothian), in the 51st minute and increased its lead to 2-0 in the 52nd minute on a Robert Kerby (Hampton/Kecoughtan) goal. Turner provided the assist on the second goal.
Time to celebrate was short for the Tigers however, as Virginia Wesleyan cut into the 2-0 deficit when senior Chris Cooke (Hampton/Phoebus) scored in the 56th minute. Offensive opportunities were limited in the next 20 minutes, as VWC outshot the Tigers 3-0, but the Marlins got the break they were looking for in the 78th minute. Sophomore Robert Holshuh (Eagle, Wis./Milwaukee Pius XI) came through with the game-tying goal for VWC, assisted by Cooke.
Virginia Wesleyan outshot H-SC 3-1 in the remaining regulation time, but neither team could find the go-ahead score.
VWC finished with a decisive 23-10 advantage in shots, but produced a slim 4-3 edge in corner kicks.
Junior goalie Connork Kirkham (Centreville/Chantilly Westfield) recorded five saves for VWC, while Cameron McFarlane (Norwich, Conn./South Kent) stopped 11 shots for the host Tigers.