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Jurney and Watson Propel WildCats to 5-2 Win

For Immediate Release – 9/21/16 - #051
Jurney and Watson Propel WildCats to 5-2 Win

LYNCHBURG, VA – Troy Jurney and Adam Watson each tallied a brace, leading the Randolph College men's soccer team to a 5-2 win over Ferrum College on Wednesday night.  It was the second-straight year that seven goals were scored in the game between the two teams, but this year was not as close.

After an early shot by Kyle Unruh, the Panthers took the momentum and put a lot of pressure on the 'Cats.  Erick Cortez-Martinez made a couple of early saves, as well as Nate Juth making an outstanding clear.  The defensive midfielder was set up perfectly on an FC corner and stopped the service from going in the back of the net.  But at the beginning of 19th minute, Alex Armstrong got behind the defense and scored with his shot hitting the back left of the goal.

Ferrum's lead would not last long though.  Randolph began to put pressure on the Panther goalie Derek Thomas, forcing him into a save.  But the pressure kept up and Jurney found the back of the net for his first of the game.  Travis Brown possessed the ball almost near the post at the goal-line, forcing Thomas to come out.  Brown then slipped the ball to Jurney on the doorstep, where he finished.

The 'Cats kept the momentum the rest of the period earning three corner kicks and having three shots blocked.  However, the score would remain at 1-1 entering the intermission.

The gridlock between the teams would not last long into the second stanza.  Randolph earned a couple of early corners and had shots blocked.  A deflection came back to Juth, who was outside the 18, and he rifled it in, but Thomas made a great diving save.  Then in the 50th minute, Jurney would complete his double, giving the WildCats the lead.  He drove down the left side of the box, and curled a shot past Thomas for the 2-1 lead.

The advantage grew quickly after that.  Three more shots put pressure on Thomas in the next five minutes.  Watson made a run on Thomas and fired a shot at him.  He saved it but the deflection went right back to Watson who fired it home for the goal.  Less than eight minutes later, Jurney made another run down the left side, getting to the goal-line inside the box.  He sent a low cross to Watson, who was on the doorstep for the goal and the 4-1 lead. 

The Panthers pulled one back at 66:44.  Moore Dolue had a loose ball in the box and sent a tough shot to the far post.  It brought the visitors back to 4-2, but the deficit would grow again once more.  At the beginning of the 77th minute, Joe Uzdavinis ran full on into the right side of the penalty area.  He saw Gabe Krueger in the middle and sent a cross to him.  However, it was kicked into the back of the net by a Ferrum defender, putting the score at its final 5-2 mark.  Jurney had one final attempt to score a hat trick, but his shot went off the crossbar.

The 'Cats dominated the whole game, notching 26 shots and earning 13 corners.  Ferrum only had 11 and two respectively.  It was also the second-straight year that Jurney tallied five points against FC (2-6 overall).

Randolph (5-0-1) will finish its four-game homestand on Saturday during Family Weekend.  The WildCats host Virginia Wesleyan College (2-3-1) in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener for both teams.  Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m.