LYNCHBURG, Va.- The Randolph men's soccer team had several scoring opportunities but could not cash them in as visiting Washington and Lee scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win on Wednesday night at WildCat Stadium. The defeat drops the WildCats to 6-5 overall and 1-2 in the ODAC while W&L improves to 7-2-1 and 2-1 in the conference.
The game was scoreless until the 85th minute. Randolph starting goalkeeper Erick Cortez-Martinez (Winston-Salem, N.C./North Forsyth) came out to challenge but W&L's Harry Pinkerton was able to sneak past Cortez-Martinez and send the ball into the back for the game-winning goal.
Adam Watson (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) had both of Randolph's shot attempts on goal in the first half that were saved by W&L goalie Gillen Beck. Martinez-Cortez was able to keep the Generals off the board with a save in the 19th minute.
The WildCats attacked right away in the second half with three shots within the first minute of play. Travis Brown (Portsmouth, Va./Woodrow Wilson) had a header go high and then another saved by Beck while Watson's shot went wide.
Randolph nearly took the lead in the 60th minute. Following a corner by Watson, Cristian Irigoyen (Norfolk, Va./Granby) took a header that hit the bottom of the crossbar and stayed out of the net.
Cortez- Martinez did his part with some crucial saves. At 73:22, W&L had a two-on-one but Cortez-Martinez was able to stonewall Wil Hamryka. The 'Cats continued to pound at the Generals net but Beck stopped each opportunity. Ted Hurst nearly had a score at 83:32 but a Randolph defender was able to block the shot. After the W&L goal, Watson gave the WIldCats one more chance but his shot was calmly grabbed by Beck.
The teams finished even 14-14 in total shots and 8-8 in shots on goal. Corner kicks were in Randolph's favor 8-3. Both teams committed seven fouls.
Prior to the game, the team honored Zach Blundell and made him an honorary WildCat by presenting him with an official WildCat shirt. As part of its Autism Awareness campaign, the Randolph Student Athlete Advisory Committee partnered with Zach Speaks, a local non-profit organization that helps pay for therapy services for families with autistic children. The organization was founded by Zach's mother Lauren. Donations were accepted throughout the night.
The WildCats hit the road on Saturday for a match with Virginia Wesleyan. Start time is at 3:30 p.m. following the women's game.