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Randolph-Roanoke Men’s Soccer Ends in Scoreless Tie in Lightning Shortened Game

Niles Brown
Niles Brown looks to move past a Roanoke defender

LYNCHBURG, Va.- In less than ideal conditions, the Roanoke and Randolph men's soccer team attempted to get through 90  minutes of play on Saturday night at a wet WildCat Stadium. After two delays due to lightning, the game was made official with just over 17 minutes left in the second half. The two teams played to a 0-0 tie.

Randolph's overall record now stands at 2-2-3 overall and 1-0-1 in the ODAC. Roanoke is 4-2-1 and 0-0-1 in the conference.

The WildCats were tested early on in the first half with the Maroons looking to get on the scoreboard. Starting keeper Erick Cortez-Martinez (Winston-Salem, N.C./North Forsyth) made sure that didn't happened as he turned away a pair of shots despite soggy conditions. The first delay came in the 25th minute and lasted close to an hour. When play resumed, the Randolph defense stool tall as it continued to blank Roanoke.

The WildCat offense was held in check as it could only muster two shots in totality with both coming from Barun Tamang (Charlottesville, Va./Charlottesville). Cortez-Martinez would end up with six saves on the evening.

Total shots favored Roanoke 8-2. Randolph held a small lead in corner kicks 3-2.

The WildCats head to Eastern Mennonite on Tuesday for a weeknight ODAC matchup with the Royals. Game time will be at 7:00 p.m.