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Men’s Soccer Falls 2-1 in OT to Shenandoah

Gunnar Copeland
Gunnar Copeland scored his third goal of the season

WINCHESTER, Va.- The Randolph men's soccer team held the lead for nearly 52 minutes of game time but host Shenandoah tied with 18 minutes left in regulation then won in the extra period 2-1 on Wednesday night. The loss drops the WildCats' record to 4-7-3 and 3-5-1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference while the Hornets move up to 6-8-1 and 3-5 in the ODAC.

The WildCats struck with just over 20 minutes past in the first half as Adam Watson (Richmond, Va./Midlothian) assisted Gunnar Copeland (Carrollton, Va./Smithfield) on the goal. The Randolph defense made the score hold up as it held the Hornets to one shot on goal. SU nearly tied the contest just before the halftime horn but Jeremy Allinger's shot hit the post.

In the second half, Randolph kept SU off of the scoresheet for most of the period. Erik Cortez-Martinez (Winston-Salem, N.C./North Forsyth) stopped a shot and even got some help from his defense. Shenandoah finally broke through in the 73rd minute to tie the game.

The WildCats had chances in the final eight minutes to take back the lead. Watson had a shot turned away in the 83rd minute and corner kicks by Gabe Krueger (Jacksonville, N.C./White Oak) and Evan Blow (Charlottesville, Va./Charlottesville) went for naught.

In overtime, another pair of WildCat corner kick opportunities could not find its mark. The Horners netted the game winner in the 98th minute.

The WildCats held a 13-9 advantage in total shots and 7-6 edge in shots on goal. Corner kicks were also in Randolph's favor 9-5.

Randolph returns to WildCat Stadium next Wednesday for its regular season home finale against Ferrum. Game time will be at 7:00 p.m.