Randolph Dominates Possession in 1-0 ODAC Quarterfinal Men's Soccer Win
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- For the fourth time in as many years, Randolph will be in the ODAC semifinals.
The WildCats (16-1-1) dominated possession and took 38 shots, compared to the seven by Guilford (6-9-3).
Only nine of the 38 got on cage, however, but a pair of back-to-back shots on goal netted the game-winner.
First-year Troy Jurney (Camp Lejeune, N.C./White Oak) lived up to his billing as tonight's WildCat to Watch, creating a chance down the far wing. When the reserve's shot slipped through the hands of the keeper, junior Julian Khalili (Falmouth, Va./Stafford) was there to finish it off, putting the WildCats up for good.
The WildCats had other opportunities, but never could capitalize.
Senior John Vecchietti (Annandale, Va./W.T. Woodson) took a long rip, which required a diving save just over halfway through the first half.
The mohawk-sporting forward dropped the ball to Adams, but the shot at a mostly open net went just high.
Undoubtedly, the best chance to double the lead came when first-year Kyle Unruh (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) drew a foul in the box with 13:24 left on the clock.
The penalty by senior Joe Skaja (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) was saved, however, forcing the WildCats to keep up their defense.
There was a brief run from Guilford late, but a shot by Robert Sandidge was blocked by a sliding Nick Reemtsen (Richmond, Va./James River). After the senior's stop conceded a corner, a header by Jake Elsey went just high.
After that, the WildCats cruised to victory.
"We're on a mission right now and this game is just one more step towards what we want to do," said senior captain Jake Hood (New Market, Md./Linganore). "We just came together as a family and took care of business the way we wanted to."
The WildCats will next host Washington & Lee on Wednesday at 7 p.m., in the ODAC semifinals. Should they win that game, the 'Cats will host either Lynchburg or Virginia Wesleyan in the ODAC title game next Saturday.