By Matthew Othus
The men’s and women’s soccer teams were both invited to play at the Shellenberger Classic in Lynchberg over the past weekend. Each team competed twice.
The men’s team played its first game of the Shellenberger Classic against Greensboro on Saturday. The Maroons took a 1-0 early lead when AJ Tierce scored the first and only goal of the game off an assist from Bryan White in the twenty-sixth minute. This is Tierce’s second goal of the season after scoring in the 6-1 victory against Gwynedd-Mercy in the season opener.
For their second game the men’s team played The Diplomats of #8 Franklin and Marshall on Sunday. The Diplomats scored the first goal of the contest in the twentieth minute. The Maroons were quick to come back and tie the game with a goal by Dionys Beck at the end of the first half. The Diplomats went up 2-1 after they scored the game winning goal in the final minutes.
The woman’s soccer team was defeated by Averett University 1-0 in their first game of the classic. Both teams were scoreless until the eighty-first minute when The Cougers scored the only goal of the match.
On Sunday, the Lady Maroons faced off against Kenyon College in a close contest. The first half went scoreless again, but Pierce Bradner scored the only goal of the game to put the Maroons up 1-0 for the win. The women’s soccer team is currently
The Lady Maroons also played in their conference opener against Guilford College on Wednesday. Stephanie Parenteau scored goals in the sixth, fifteenth and sixty-first minutes. Parenteau scored the first hat trick since 2010 when she herself did it against Randolph College. Carmen Graves scored two goals in the twenty-sixth and forty-second minutes helping to push the Maroons into a 4-1 lead. Lauren O’Brien scored the final goal of the game in the 89th minute helping the Maroons win with a score of 6-1.
The women’s soccer team is now 2-2 with a 1-0 record in conference play. The women’s next game is against ODAC opponent Shenandoah University on Friday, September 14. The men will open their ODAC conference play against Randolph-Macon College on Saturday, September 15.