Men's Soccer coasts to 8-0 win at Emory & Henry

Oliver Dolberg

EMORY, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's soccer team ran its winning streak to four games with a convincing 8-0 road win against Emory & Henry on Wednesday night in ODAC action.

The scoring began in just the third minute when senior midfielder Kevin Lencioni (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) bent in a free kick for his third goal of the season and first since the season opener. Junior defender Oliver Dolberg (Clovis, Calif./Floyd B. Buchanan) then doubled the W&L lead to two in the 18th minute with his first score of the year.

Up next was senior midfielder Will Hamryka (Dawsonville, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) who scored a pair of goals in the 22nd and 26th minutes, as his second goal came off an assist from junior defender Griffin Coffey (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle). In the 39th minute, senior forward Tyler Runge (Manassas, Va./Forest Park) scored two goals just 40 seconds apart to run the Generals' lead to six.

The scoring in the first half was capped when first-year midfielder Connor Wharton (Littleton, Colo./Colorado Academy) scored his first collegiate goal in the 41st minute, thanks to an assist from sophomore midfielder Jack Parham (Littleton, Colo./Colorado Academy), his second helper of the half.

W&L's (5-3, 3-0 ODAC) 7-0 halftime lead was the program's largest lead at the break in over 20 years. Additionally, the seven goals scored were the most scored in any half since the 2006 team scored seven times in the second half of an 11-0 win over Bluefield College, the program's largest win.

Wharton capped the scoring in the game with another goal in the 59th minute, this time unassisted as the first-year scored on a free kick.

Hamryka paced the Generals' offense with six shots in the contest, putting all but one on goal, and recorded his third career multi-goal game, first of 2018. Runge's two goals marked his second career multi-goal game, both coming this season, as he took two shots in the game.

First-year midfielder Chris Curtis (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson) was second on W&L in shots with four, two on goal. Parham tallied three shots and a program-record tying three assists, a feat that has only been accomplished on four other occasions and not since Travis Short '08 did so in 2005.

First-year goalkeeper Michael Nyc (Kildeer, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) (4-1) received credit for the win but did not make any saves as the W&L defense yielded no shots on goal in the first half. Nyc was relieved at halftime by sophomore Alex Harper (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep) who played the final 45 minutes and saved the one shot on goal he faced. For the Wasps, sophomore goalkeeper Cole Irvin (3-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing eight goals in 90 minutes of play, including 10 saves.

In total, 13 players shot at least once for the Generals, nine with multiple shots, as W&L outshot the Wasps (6-5, 0-5 ODAC), 29-2, including 18-1 in shots on goal. The two Emory & Henry shots came from senior midfielder Colin Foley and first-year forward Jeff Hurlock.

The Generals will look to extend their winning streak to five when they travel to ODAC foe and ninth-ranked Lynchburg on Saturday for a 7:00 pm kick-off.

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