Fourth-ranked Generals use strong second half to move past Transylvania, 3-0

Erik Recke

LEXINGTON, Va. – The fourth-ranked Washington and Lee men's soccer team used three second-half goals to power its way to a 3-0 win over Transylvania in their final non-conference game of the regular season on Saturday evening.

The Generals move to 7-1-2 overall with the win, while the Pioneers fall to 3-5 overall.

After the opening half yielded no score, the Generals took the lead in the 51st minute when sophomore defender Jack Rawlins (Springfield, Va./Lake Braddock Secondary) left a pass for senior defender Oliver Dolberg (Clovis, Calif./Floyd B. Buchanan) who blasted home a shot attempt for his second score of the year.

In the 77th minute, first-year defender Charley Colby (Prairie Village, Kan./Shawnee Mission East) played a long ball across the field and down the right sideline for first-year midfielder John Peterson (Towson, Md./Loyola Blakefield). Peterson took a touch to trap the ball on the end line, and then centered to junior forward Harry Pinkerton (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett), who finished from close range.

The Generals added their final goal in the 84th minute when junior defender Erik Recke (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area) headed in a corner kick taken by senior defender Griffin Scott (Dallas, Texas/Dallas Jesuit).

Junior midfielder Danny Tran (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) led the way on offense with five shots in the contest, followed by Dolberg and junior midfielder Jack Parham (Littleton, Colo./Colorado Academy) with four attempts each. Pinkerton and junior midfielder Harris Salom (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) also had strong offensive games with three shots apiece.

For the Pioneers, first-year midfielder Alec Coomes was the lone player with multiple shots in the game, finishing with two. Eight other Pioneers shot once to give Transylvania 10 shot attempts in the game.

Sophomore goalkeeper Michael Nyc (Kildeer, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) (7-1-2) made two saves in 90 minutes to notch his sixth shutout of the season and the 14th of his career. Nyc was helped by a strong defensive unit as well, as the Generals conceded just three shots in the second half, none of which were on target.

Transylvania senior keeper Drew Grisham (3-5) took the loss and made three saves in 86:45 of game time. First-year Geno Arena played the final 3:15 for the Pioneers and did not face a shot on goal.

For the game, the Generals outshot Transylvania, 28-10, including a 15-3 margin in the second half. W&L also earned six corner kicks to two for the Pioneers.

The Generals will return to the pitch on Saturday when they host ODAC foe Emory & Henry in a 3:00 pm showdown.

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