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Randolph Men Drop Heartbreaker to Royals 4-3 in Double OT

Adam Watson against a defender
Adam Watson scored twice for the WildCats (Photo by Roy Evans)

HARRISONBURG, Va.- The Randolph and Eastern Mennonite men's soccer teams played what turned out to be a shootout on Tuesday night on EMU's home turf. The two teams would play to a second overtime where the Royals netted the game winner in the 106th minute to claim a 4-3 victory.

The loss drops Randolph's record to 2-3-3 overall and 1-1-1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. EMU improves to 4-4-1 and 2-0 in the ODAC.

A total of five goals would be scored in the first half with three coming in the first seven minutes of play. The Royals struck first at 4:07 as Jesus Trejo scored into the bottom right corner of the goal. Adam Watson (Richmond, Va./Midlothian) responded for the WildCats just over two minutes later on a low shot past Royal keeper Emmanuel Kampagna. It took 31 seconds for EMU to take back the lead as Trejo scored his second of the game.

The game was quiet for almost seven minutes until EMU upped its lead to 3-1 on a Erik Peacher rocket into the side net.  The 'Cats countered when Daniel Over's (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) blocked shot fell to Frankie DiOrio (Bristow, Va./Patriot) who put it in to make it 3-2.

The second half was much more settled than the first despite the WildCats holding a 12-2 lead in shots over EMU. Randolph looked it tie the contest and was finally able to when Watson scored in the 87th minute to knot it at 3-3.

After one period of overtime, the game went to a second extra frame. Randolph was granted a corner kick at 102:10 but could not capitalize. The ball eventually found its way into EMU possession where Dave Drafton was able to get past the WildCat defense and send a shot into the bottom right corner of the goal to win the game for the Royals.

Randolph dominated in total shots 26-15 but Eastern Mennonite had seven to just three for the WildCats in both overtime periods combined. Shots on goal favored the 'Cats 10-5. Watson had 12 of Randolph's shots and seven of its shots on frame.

Austin Collier (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) started for Randolph in the net and did not record a save in 47:11 of game time. Erick Cortez-Martinez (Winston-Salem, N.C./North Forsyth) came in and had one save. Kampagna finished with seven stops for the Royals.

Randolph returns to WildCat Stadium to host Virginia Wesleyan this Saturday. Game time will be at 7:00 p.m.