Generals’ unbeaten streak reaches eight after 6-1 win at Guilford

Harris Salom

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Washington and Lee men's soccer team cruised to a 6-1 ODAC win at Guilford on Monday evening with four goals coming in the first half.

The Generals (8-3-1, 6-0-1 ODAC) are now undefeated in their last eight games (7-0-1), their longest unbeaten streak since the 2016 team rattled off nine straight wins. W&L also extended its conference unbeaten streak to seven games, the longest stretch without a loss to begin the conference slate since the 2015 team didn't lose any of its 11 conference contests that year.

The Generals opened the scoring less than a minute into the game when senior Dylan Ritch (Mint Hill, N.C./Independence) scored on a free kick from 25 yards out, curling his shot around the wall of defenders and into the top-right corner of the frame.

Then, in the seventh minute, Ritch bent a corner kick across the field that was punched up by the Guilford goalie. Senior midfielder Will Rowson (Fairfax, Va./Robinson Secondary School) looped a pass back into the middle of the box where first-year defender Seth Chapman (Fowlerville, Mich./Fowlerville) headed the ball past the keeper for his first collegiate goal.

Ritch extended the W&L lead to 3-0 in the 25th minute when he gathered a pass at midfield. He dribbled to the center of the field, where he split a pair of Quaker defenders, ran past a third defender and shot to the far post with the outside of his right foot for the goal. The Generals closed the first half with sophomore midfielder Nick St. Pierre (Roanoke, Va./Northside) scoring on a penalty kick in the 45th minute, his first goal of the season.

The Generals held a 14-4 shot advantage in the first half, including a 9-2 edge in shots on goal, and took three corner kicks.

W&L added its final two goals in the second half. Junior defender Griffin Coffey (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) scored on a header in the 71st minute with first-year midfielder Connor Wharton (Littleton, Colo./Colorado Academy) assisting on the corner cross. Senior forward Tyler Runge (Manassas, Va./Forest Park) added the sixth goal of the game in the 74th minute, putting in a rebound on an open goal after sophomore midfielder Danny Tran (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) had his shot saved.

The Quakers scored their lone goal of the game in the 85th minute when junior midfielder Ricky Aguilar passed through the defense to Abdoulaye Camara who beat W&L sophomore goalkeeper Alex Harper (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep) on a breakaway.

For Ritch, it was his second multi-goal game of the season, as he finished the contest with six shots with three on goal. Runge came in next with four attempts in the game, followed by Tran and sophomore midfielder Jack Parham (Littleton, Colo./Colorado Academy) who both shot three times and put all six of their combined attempts on target.

The Quakers' (5-8, 1-6 ODAC) offense was paced by Camara and Aguilar who both shot twice and combined for three shots on goal.

W&L first-year keeper Michael Nyc (Kildeer, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) (7-1-1) earned the win in goal after making two saves in the first half. Harper relieved Nyc, playing the entirety of the second half. Guilford sophomore net minder Zach Van Kampen (5-7) took the loss after making 11 saves on 17 shots.

For the game, W&L concluded with a 27-7 advantage in shots and edged the Quakers in shots on goal, 17-4. The Generals also won the corner kick battle, 7-3.

The Generals will be back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Bridgewater for a 4:00 pm ODAC contest.

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