LYNCHBURG, Va.- The Randolph men's soccer team faced one of its toughest matches of the season as they squared off against cross-city rival Lynchburg on Wednesday night. The nationally ranked Hornets tallied three first half goals on their way to a 4-1 victory.
The loss drops the WildCats to 4-5-3 overall and 3-3-1 in the ODAC. Lynchburg improves to 9-0-2 and 5-0-1 in the conference.
The Hornets jumped ahead 1:22 into the game on a goal by Austin Kues on the first shot of the evening. Later in the 22nd minute, Joey Daly assisted Dan Friedberg, who scored to the left side of the net. Lynchburg added its third goal at 36:27.
Randolph finally got on the scoreboard just before halftime. Kyle May (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) passed in to Gabe Krueger (Jacksonville, N.C./White Oak), who headed the ball into the net to narrow the score to 3-1 at the break.
The Hornets took shots on goal in the opening minutes of the second half but WildCat keeper Erick Cortez-Martinez (Winston-Salem, N.C./North Forsyth) was there to stop all three attempts. The Hornets scored the only goal of the period on Friedburg's throw in to Kues.
Lynchburg doubled up Randolph in shots 14-7. 10 of the Hornets shots came on frame with just two for the 'Cats.
Cortez-Martinez finished with six saves. His counterpart for Lynchburg Dylan McLaurin, who came in giving up just four goals all season, had one save.
There were a total of 15 fouls called in the game. Six yellow cards were handed out with five going to Randolph.
The WildCats look to rebound as they travel to Lexington this Saturday to face Washington and Lee. Game time will be at 12:00 p.m.