MARYVILLE, TN — The Randolph College men's soccer team had its biggest test of the season Sunday afternoon on the road against No. 15-ranked Maryville College. The WildCats responded with possibly their biggest win in school history, posting a goal in double overtime to defeat Maryville 1-0 in non-conference action. Randolph stays unbeaten with a perfect 7-0 record going into league play this week.
The goal came in the second overtime, as Nick Cornell (Front Royal, VA/Warren Co.) made a run down the left sideline. Cornell fed his pass across to sophomore Corey Sindle (Gloucester, VA/Gloucester), who sent it into the right side of the netting for the walk-off winner. The WildCats had been playing for most of the second half of the game up a man after a Maryville red card.
The victory for the WildCats was their first-ever over a ranked opponent, and with the 7-0 start Randolph could be in line to be ranked after knocking off the Scots (6-1), who were ranked second in the region. The game was very action packed, with scoring opportunities coming throughout the entire contest.
In the first stanza, the WildCats outshot their hosts 11-4 but five saves from Ben Munger kept the game scoreless. In the second half, the Scots began to get into their offense, firing 10 shots to the seven of Randolph. At 56:05 of the contest, Taylor Richardson of MC got tangled up with Cornell. After the foul call, Richardson leveled Cornell with an aggressive push in which the official responded with a straight red card.
Up a man, the WildCats regained the momentum and in the 74th minute had their best chance to that point, as sophomore Jacob Hood (New Market, MD/Linganore) drilled the post with a shot. Sophomore keeper Carter Smith (Greensboro, NC/Grimsley) would be tested next, making a nice save on a Tyler Tinker shot.
Three minutes later with just over five minutes to play in regulation, sophomore John Vecchietti (Annandale, VA/W.T. Woodson) hit the post for the WildCats, keeping the game knotted at zero. The Scots would counter off that shot, and Smith would be forced to make another save to preserve the shutout, sending the game into extra time.
In the first overtime, Randolph again almost ended the contest as Sindle flicked a shot on net but it went right into Munger's arms to deny the sophomore his game-winner. He would get it though in the second extra session, netting his second game-winner and sixth goal of the year. For Cornell, it was his second helper of the season.
The game was the second Sunday in the row the WildCats won 1-0 in double OT, as Randolph defeated Goucher College last Sunday. Randolph had a 20-15 shot advantage, while earning 10 of the game's 17 corner kicks. Munger had eight saves for Maryville, while Smith earned his second career and first seasonal shutout after finishing with three saves.
Randolph will take its undefeated record into conference play this week, opening its Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Wednesday evening in WildCat Stadium against Bridgewater College at 7 p.m.