In the past few weeks, Roanoke’s men’s soccer team had several key ODAC matchups.
Their first came during fall break, when the team faced Lynchburg at home. Roanoke was able to shut out the Hornets 1-0 in this ODAC contest.
Tyler Carbaugh scored the first and only goal for the Maroons about 15 minutes into the contest. Overall, the first half was a defensive match for both teams. Roanoke had a few shots that missed the net high or wide, but the team was largely held in check after Carbaugh’s goal. The Maroons’ defense held strong, only allowing two Hornet shots in the half, both of which went wide.
In the second half, Lynchburg seemed to have it more together. They forced Cole Sinclair, the Maroons’ goalkepper, to make a save early. After about fifteen minutes, the Hornets really put the pressure on with three shots in three minutes, but Roanoke’s defense held strong, and none of the shots were unable to find the net.
While the Hornets ramped up their offensive efforts in the second half, Roanoke’s offense was almost non-existent. They were unable to get in position to take a shot for the entire forty-five minutes and, in the closing minutes, Lynchburg pushed again, making the Maroon defense work. The team held strong though, despite multiple offensive assaults with no offensive help of their own. Even though Roanoke was outshot 9-5, their defense played one of its best games of the season to ensure a 1-0 Maroon victory.
On Saturday, the Maroons faced Virginia Wesleyan College. Roanoke came into the games with more wins than the Marlins but was shut out 1-0 in what seemed to be a reversal of fortune from the Lynchburg game.
On paper, it was a great game for the Maroons. Their offense exploded to outshoot Wesleyan 15-7. Roanoke also led in shots on goal 7-3. The goalie for the Marlins played all ninety minutes and had four saves. The Marlins’ defenders also had three impressive defensive saves that kept Roanoke off the board.
Wednesday, Roanoke had an exciting overtime victory over the Hampden-Sydney Tigers. The Maroons won 3-2, easily taking the game only four and a half minutes into overtime.
Rob Lentine scored the first goal of the match, fifteen minutes into the game. This put Roanoke up to an early 1-0 lead. There was a push by both offenses in the closing minutes of the half, but the goalies for both teams were able to make saves, keeping the Maroons up 1-0 going into half.
Ten minutes into the second half, Jackson Goyette scored the second goal for the Maroons, putting them at a comfortable 2-0 lead. The Tigers were able to shorten Roanoke’s lead back down to one, when they scored in the sixty-eighth minute. The score remained 2-1 until, with six minutes left in the game, Hampden-Sydney tied it up.
Both Orestis Llias and Lentine fired shots in the closing minutes to try to win the game in regulation but neither were able to score. The game ended 2-2, forcing the contest into overtime.
Lentine was finally able to score the winning goal four minutes into overtime, earning the Maroons a 3-2 victory.
Roanoke outshot Hampden-Sydney 11-7, but they were closely matched with shots on goal with the Maroons barely leading 6-5. Lentine was the star performer for the Maroons with two goals on three shots. Goyette also had a great game, scoring the Maroon’s other goal.
The Maroons are now 11-5-1, 7-2-1 in ODAC. Be sure to send your support as they travel to Washington and Lee on Saturday.