BIRMINGHAM, AL.- Looking for their first win of the 2017 season, the Randolph men's soccer team faced off against Sewanee on the second day of the Birmingham Southern Labor Day Classic at Goldfarb Field on Saturday afternoon. The WildCats scored three times in the second half on their way to a 4-2 victory.
Randolph struck first almost eight and a half minutes into the first half. The WildCats were granted a penalty kick and for the second straight game, Adam Watson (Richmond, Va./Midlothian) converted to give Randolph the early 1-0 lead.
The lead did not last long as the Tigers answered a little over six minutes later. Zach Birkhead scored on an assist from Brendan Mann. The teams went into halftime with the score tied at 1-1.
In the second half, the Wildcats wasted no time to get back ahead. In the 48th minute, Cristian Irigoyen (Norfolk, Va./Granby) fed a past to Watson who deposited the ball into the back of the netl to give Randolph a 2-1 advantage.
Sewanee had a couple of changes for the equalizer but Johnny McNeil's shot deflected off of the crossbar and Andile Tshuma's attempt was blocked. In the 55th minute, Evan Blow (Charlottesville, Va./Charlottesville) scored his first collegiate goal with some help from Anthony Fonnesu (Hickory, N.C./Hickory).
The WildCats were not done as they added another score in the 69th minute. Tigers' goalkeeper Will Merriman came out to defend but Randolph's Eynnar Claros (Falls Church, Va./Falls Church) was able to juke past him and punch it in to increase the Randolph advantage to 4-1. The Tigers completed the scoring in the 70th minute as Alpo Siplia converted a penalty kick to make the score 4-2.
Austin Collier (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) got the start in goal and picked up the win for the WildCats. He faced six shots on goal and came away with four saves.
Randolph was outshot by Sewanee 14-11 but led in shots on goal 7-6. Corner kicks also favored the WildCats 7-4.
The WildCats host their home opener this Wednesday night at WildCat Stadium. Game time will be at 6:00 p.m.