Men’s Soccer Fights Hard, Leaves Pitch with 1-1 Tie

For immediate release – 9/15/2012 - #049
Men's Soccer Fights Hard, Leaves Pitch with 1-1 Tie

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Lynchburg College men's soccer fought hard against visiting Emory and Henry thanks to an aggressive attack, ultimately ending in a 1-1 tie in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener for both teams.

The Hornets had multiple opportunities to swing momentum in their favor in front of a crowd of 542 at Shellenberger Field. Sophomore Luke Moore had a great opportunity with time winding down in regulation with a great header that was ultimately saved by a diving Justin Spencer.

Spencer's play was a big reason the game went to double overtime. The Wasp keeper ended the night with 14 saves.

The biggest save of the night might have come at the very end of the game. Lynchburg set up the play it was looking for with under ten seconds remaining. Junior Chaz Ashton sent a shot towards the goal, but was thwarted by Spencer with two seconds remaining.

Ashton did make his presence known, tying up the score for the Hornets in the 75th minute with a low shot that went to the right corner of the goal past a diving Spencer.

Emory and Henry got its goal at 43:46 on a goal from James Ballamy that went past Michael Releford after Jesus Mendoza's pass drew the keeper out of the net.

The Hornets outshot the Wasps (2-5-1/0-0-1 ODAC) 41-6 to go along with a 13-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Lynchburg (1-4-1/0-0-1 ODAC) hosts Christopher Newport University on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. start on Shellenberger Field.