Hornets Claim City Battle 3-0 Over Randolph Men

Goalie kicking the ball
Austin Collier had four saves for the WildCats

LYNCHBURG, Va.- The Randolph and Lynchburg men's soccer teams met once again in another chapter in the rivalry between the two cross-town schools. The Hornets scored three times in the second half and held the WildCats off the board in a 3-0 win on Wednesday evening at Shellenberger Field.

With the victory, Lynchburg improves to 11-1-1 overall and 5-0 in the ODAC to remain in first place. Randolph falls to 6-7 and 1-4 in the conference.

The two teams were scoreless in the first half. Lynchburg had a 7-0 lead in shots but the WildCat defense kept the Hornets out of the net. Starting goalkeeper Austin Collier (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) had three saves for Randolph in the frame.

Lynchburg's Jon Mackey came close to scoring in the 20th minute but his shot went off the crossbar. Randolph had three corner kick opportunities but could not get a shot off on either occasion.

The Hornets took the lead early in the second half but with help from Randolph. Collier attempted to clear the ball but it bounced off a WildCat defender and into the net for an own goal. Less than three minutes later, Lynchburg's Jack Ashby headed the ball in and past a diving Collier to give the Hornets a 2-0 advantage.

Lynchburg added its third score of the night at 61:49 on a one-touch goal by Sherman Mitchell. Randolph could not get a shot on frame all night until the 88th minute.

The game got heated in the second half with four yellow cards given out and three of those going to the Hornets. There were a total of 26 fouls called.

The WIldCats were able to outshoot the Hornets 7-5 in the second half. Overall, Lynchburg led 12-7.

Collier finished with four saves on the night. Dylan McLaurin and Sam Cannon combined on the shutout for the Hornets.

Randolph returns to the friendly confines of WildCat Stadium on Saturday as it plays host to Emory and Henry. Game time will be at 4:30 p.m.