LYNCHBURG, Va.- For the 11th straight season, the Randolph men's soccer team has qualified for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament. Head Coach Adam Godwin's squad will be aiming for its second overall title and first since 2011.
The WildCats will face host Lynchburg this Sunday at Shellenberger Field. Game time is at 6:00 p.m.
How they Got Here: Randolph clinched its playoff berth with a 3-1 victory over Ferrum on Wednesday night at WildCat Stadium. With tiebreakers factored in, the WildCats were able to move up the seventh seed. The Hornets have won four of their last five games to claim the second seed.
Last Meeting: The two schools last got together two and a half weeks ago at WildCat Stadium. The Hornets got out to a 3-0 lead in the first half on their way to a 4-1 win.
The WIldCats: For the third straight season, Adam Watson leads Randolph in scoring with 10 goals which represents a career high for him. He is tied for third in that category in the ODAC and is fourth in points. Gunnar Copeland is second on the team with a career-best four goals. Goalkeeper Erick Cortez-Martinez has started 10 of 13 games in the net. He has 40 saves and a 1.48 GAA.
The Hornets: Lynchburg is ranked 10th in the latest national poll. Ben Mackey has a team-high six goals with Abibi Osman behind him with five. Osman, Dan Friedberg, and Hussein Osman all have four helpers. Dylan McLaurin has started all 15 games in goal. His 0.58 GAA ranks second in the conference with his .791 save percentage ranking fifth among keepers.
ODAC Tournament History: Randolph is 9-9 in the ODAC Tournament. The Hornets have won 16 conference championships and have claimed the last two titles. Lynchburg also has two other appearances in the title game in 2004 and 2011. Both teams are no strangers to playing each other in the tournament with a total of six meetings. The Hornets hold a 5-1 lead and won the latest game in 2016 2-1. The WildCats' lone victory occurred in 2011 in the championship game at WildCat Stadium that Randolph won 2-1.