LEXINGTON, Va. – The 14th-ranked Washington and Lee men's soccer team rolled to a 5-1 win over Emory in the 2019 home opener on Friday afternoon.
First-year midfielder Michael Kutsanzira (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Putnam Science Academy (Conn.)) highlighted the match for the Generals with a hat trick, with two goals coming in the second half. The win improves the Generals to 4-1 on the season, as W&L has won each of its last 10 home games, and is unbeaten over the last 16 contests on Watt Field (15-0-1).
In the 24th minute, junior midfielder Harris Salom (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) played a short pass for Kutsanzira, who looped his shot from just outside the 18-yard box and just under the crossbar for the game's first tally.
In the 37th minute, junior midfielder Danny Tran (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) played a free kick deep into the box. The pass was headed down by first-year defender Austin Sholes (Westport, Conn./Staples), and sophomore midfielder Ethan McCann (Timonium, Md./Boys' Latin School of Maryland) finished the chance to double the W&L lead.
The Eagles (1-3-1) got on the board in the 56th minute when first-year midfielder Joe Beare worked his way around a defender and scored on a shot from about 25 yards out, just out of the reach of Generals' sophomore keeper Michael Nyc (Kildeer, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson).
Just over a minute later, Kutsanzira responded for the Generals when he bent in a corner kick that found the back of the net, after the Emory goalkeeper failed to punch it away. In the 73rd minute, Kutsanzira found room for a shot on the left side and bent it up and over the keeper into the top-right corner of the frame to complete the hat trick.
The fifth and final goal was added by first-year midfielder John Peterson (Towson, Md./Loyola Blakefield) just two minutes later, with first-year forward Patrick Rooney (Littleton, Colo./Mullen) earning the assist after a long pass up the right sideline.
Kutsanzira tallied a game-high six shots and put five on goal and now leads the Generals with four goals on the season. Salom, Peterson and first-year defender Charley Colby (Prairie Village, Kan./Shawnee Mission East) all came in next with two shots each.
Four Eagles tied for the team-high in shots with two and combined for three shots on goal, while five other players logged one shot each.
Nyc (4-1) earned the win for the Generals, posting one save in 77:19. First-year keeper Rye McMillan (Fairfax, Va./The Heights School) saw his first collegiate action, playing the final 12:41 for the Blue and White, and made three saves, including two from inside the six-yard box.
For the Eagles, junior Cole Gallagher (1-3-1) took the loss and made four saves over the first 77:19 of the game. Sophomore Max Carlson relieved Gallagher, made one save and did not allow a goal over the final 12:41.
For the game, the Generals outshot the Eagles, 18-13, and claimed an 11-5 advantage in shots on goal. W&L also earned 13 corner kicks and conceded five, including an 8-2 margin in the first half.
The Generals will return to action on Sunday when they host No. 3 Oglethorpe in a 3:00 pm clash of Top-15 teams.
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