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Men’s Soccer Falls in Double OT at Virginia Wesleyan

Men's soccer player kicking the ball
Barun Tamang assisted on Frankie DiOrio's goal in the first half that gave Randolph a 1-0 lead.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.- A foul on Randolph men's soccer in double overtime led to a Virginia Wesleyan penalty kick and the Marlins were able to convert as they came out with a 3-2 win on Saturday afternoon. The loss evens the WildCats' record at 6-6 overall and 1-3 in the ODAC. The Marlins move to 7-5 and 2-2 in the conference.

The 'Cats got on the board quickly less than five minutes into the first half as Barun Tamang (Charlottesville, Va./Charlottesville) was able to connect with Frankie DiOrio (Bristow, Va./Patriot) for the score to give Randolph the early 1-0 lead. Shots favored Randolph 4-3 in the frame.

The WildCat lead held until a little over four minutes into the second half when Virginia Wesleyan's Rick Perrault headed a long throw from teammate Alex Surprise into the goal to knot the contest at 1-1. The Marlins took the lead at 61:42 as Will Augsberger scored off a corner from Suprise.

The WIldCats had a couple of corner kicks in the 64th and 65th minute that went for naught. Randolph was able to get the equalizer at 71:30 when a cross from Travis Brown (Portsmouth, Va./Woodrow Wilson) found Gabe Krueger (Jacksonville, N.C./White Oak) who slipped a shot past Marlins keeper Nick Peterson. A little over three minutes later, Virginia Wesleyan's Miciah Brown had a look at a goal but sailed his shot well over the crossbar.

In the first overtime, Randolph had possession and looked to end the game. Back-to-back corners by Adam Watson (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) did not produce the needed result. Brown had the period's only shot at 99:04 which was blocked.

The second extra period was a bit contentious as both teams were assessed yellow cards. Perrault took the penalty kick for the Marlins and his shot glanced off the glove of WildCat goalkeeper Erick Cortez-Martinez (Winston-Salem, N.C./North Forsyth) and in for the game-winner.

Overall shots favored Randolph 12-10 with both squads getting five on goal. The WIldCats led in corners 9-5.

Cortez-Martinez ended up with two saves. Peterson came up with three saves.

Randolph returns to Lynchburg where it heads across town for a big ODAC match with the Hornets on Wednesday night. Kickoff from Shellenberger Field will be at 7:00 p.m.