Generals' unbeaten run reaches double digits after 1-0 win at Roanoke

Michael Nyc

ROANOKE, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's soccer team ran its unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 1-0 victory at Roanoke in ODAC action on Saturday night.

The Generals' 10-game unbeaten streak is the longest since the 2015 team also had a 10-game undefeated stretch, while the win is W&L's fifth straight.

In the 37th minute, sophomore midfielder Jack Parham (Littleton, Colo./Colorado Academy) gathered the ball on the left side and quickly switched the field where senior midfielder Dylan Ritch (Mint Hill, N.C./Independence) was left alone. Ritch dribbled in, took one touch to the left of a defender and shot off the left post and in for the game's lone tally.

The W&L defense surrendered just three shots in the first half with one going on goal. On that play, first-year goalkeeper Michael Nyc (Kildeer, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) made a diving stop to his left to keep the Maroons (8-4-3, 4-2-3 ODAC) off the board. The Generals' defensive unit allowed just one shot all second half to preserve the shutout.

Ritch's goal in the 37th minute marked the third consecutive game in which he has scored at least one goal, the second longest streak of his career (four straight games in 2016). Ritch and senior midfielder Viktor Dolberg (Clovis, Calif./Floyd B. Buchanan) led the way with four shots each in the contest, combining for three on goal.

The Maroons' offense was paced by first-year defender Tim Leuenberger who shot twice, followed by junior forward Atticus Cooke and first-year midfielder Alex Taitague who combined for two shots.

Nyc (9-1-1) earned the win and posted his third shutout of the season, all of which have come in the last four games. Additionally, the first-year net-minder has allowed just two goals over his last 649:00 of game time (0.28 GAA).

Roanoke junior goalkeeper Alex Sullivan (8-4-3) took the loss after allowing one goal and making two saves in the first half. First-year keeper Zach Behe played the second half in goal and made two saves for the Maroons.

For the game, the Generals held a 14-4 shot advantage, including 8-1 in the second half, and took 11 corner kicks while limiting the Maroons to one. W&L edged Roanoke in corners in the second half, 7-0.

The Generals will close out their 2018 regular season schedule when they host Eastern Mennonite on Tuesday at 3:00 pm.

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