Presbyterian and VMI Fall on Friday
High-Shooting Offense Not Enough as VMI Falls 2-0 at Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. -- Despite more than doubling its opponents in total shots, the Virginia Military Institute men's soccer team fell 2-0 in a non-conference tilt against the University of Richmond Friday night under the lights at Robins Stadium.
A goal in each half lifted the Spiders (2-5-0) over the Keydets, who have now split their season games against Atlantic 10 opponents. Houston Oldham recorded Richmond's first marker in the 10th minute to go up 1-0. The Spiders sealed the game with a second goal in the 76th minute from Chris Hoerner. Mitch Reavis collected the assist.
VMI (1-5-0) ripped off 26 shots in the game, including 16 in the second half, compared to Richmond's 12. The Keydets challenged throughout the game, led by Matt Seinfeld's 11 shots, three of which were on cage. Seinfeld accounted for three of VMI's five shots on goal, all of which were turned aside by Richmond's Chris Grover.
The Keydets held the advantage in corner kicks as well, taking four, with three coming in the second stanza. VMI allowed just one to the Spiders.
Richmond jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute as Oldham capitalized on a defensive miscue by the Keydets, finishing to the far left post.
VMI had a great scoring chance with 16 minutes left in the opening half as Seinfeld took a direct kick, but hit the shoulders of the Spider wall in front of him. But he was helped by teammate Hunter Morgan, who took a blast at the left post, pushing the effort just wide.
Despite 10 Keydet shots, the Spiders carried a 1-0 advantage into the locker room at the break. Richmond tallied eight attempts, including one on goal.
VMI had another great chance for a goal in the 60th minute as Kip Zechman took a blast, but his shot drilled the crossbar and out of play.
The Spiders increased their lead in the 75th minute as Hoerner pushed across a long shot on a Richmond counter, just getting by VMI keeper Taylor Feuerstein. Mitch Reavis was given the credit for the long assist.
The Keydets return to action on Tuesday for a rescheduled game with the Hokies of Virginia Tech. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Thompson Field.
Presbyterian College Men's Soccer Falls to Davidson, 3-0
CLINTON, S.C. - The Presbyterian College men's soccer team delivered a strong effort but fell to the visiting Davidson Wildcats on Friday night, 3-0.
PC (1-7-0) outshot Davidson (4-2-1) by an eight to four count in the final half and created several scoring chances. The Wildcats used a first half goal and two quick scores in succession midway through the second to take the win.
Four players led the Blue Hose with two shots each. Justin Clagette (Douglasville, Ga.), Byron Quinatoa (Santos Domingos de los Colorados, Ecuador) and Jamel Manning (Harrisburg, Pa.) each posted a shot on goal.
The Wildcats opened the scoring in the 37th minute. Valeriy Sviderskly sidestepped a tackle, received an Andrew Dilallo feed at the top of the box and finished the chance to put Davidson ahead heading into halftime, 1-0.
The second half saw a surge of PC offense but a pair of goals from the Wildcats. Brian McGue converted a penalty kick in the 70th minute before Alex Ficiano scored high from an Alex Givens cross less than four minutes later to make the score 3-0.
PC's closest chance for a goal put the ball inches from tying the game 15 minutes into the second half. Nico Fazio (Roswell, Ga.) streaked down the left side of the field and played a perfect cross to Quinatoa on the other side of the box. The Blue Hose senior leapt and put the ball on net while in midair, but a Davidson defender swept the shot away on the goal line to keep the ball out.
PC sophomore Brett Godwin (Suwanee, Ga.) played all 90 minutes and stopped numerous Davidson runs from his position on the back line.
Jared Mitchell (Huntsville, Ala.) and Matt Manter (Columbia, S.C.) made their first collegiate starts in the match, playing career-highs of 81 and 67 minutes, respectively.
PC stays at home for its next match, a Wednesday night contest against Georgia Southern at 6 p.m. The match will be video streamed on the Big South Network presented by State Farm.