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Men’s and Women’s Soccer Fall Early in ODACs

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The Roanoke College men and women’s soccer teams both hosted ODAC tournament quarter final games Saturday that ended with very different results.

After finishing the regular season 13-2-3 the RC men’s soccer team was second in the ODAC standings. But they would have to get past a tough Hampden-Sydney team that held them scoreless in the regular season finale.  

Saturday’s game was much like the previous meeting between the two teams, finishing regulation and additional overtimes in a 0-0 tie.  The Maroon’s were forced to play man down for most of the contest after two time All-American Mike Stark ’11 was ejected midway through the first half with a red card.

RC’s defense posted their record 14th shutout of the season, but the team’s inability to score proved to be the deciding factor. The game would have to be decided by penalty kicks.  

Matt Standley ’11 and Jason Ryan ’11 made the first two penaltykicks for the Maroon’s, but the next three kickers missed, allowing the Tigers to take control of the upset.  With Hampden Sydney making three kicks in a row, they were able to seal the win, 3-2.

The Tigers upset of the Maroon’s not only sent them to the next round of the tournament, but also sent RC home. This is the first time RC has failed to make the ODAC Championship game since 2006. They finish the season 13-3-3.

The women’s team fared much better in their quarter final game.  They took their 12-3-3 record up against the seventh seeded Randolph Macon and beat them easily 6-1. 

The Maroon’s saw goals come from Jessica Welfare ’11, Rebekah Adams ’13, Carmen Graves ’13, and Brianna Quintiliani ’14, as well as two from Stephanie Parenteau ’13.

The women did not have such an easy road in their semi-finals game against the third seeded Virginia Wesleyan Tuesday night.  They gave up three goals in the first half and were unable to bounce back, losing 4-1.  The loss finishes their season with a record of 13-4-3.