Late goal for No. 5 W&L secures win over Randolph, 2-0

Kyce Darouiche

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The fifth-ranked Washington and Lee men's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to nine games with a 2-0 win at Randolph on Wednesday night in ODAC play.

The win improves the Generals to 9-1-2 overall and 3-0 in the ODAC, while the WildCats fall to 6-5-1 overall and 1-2 in the conference with the loss.

Senior defender Oliver Dolberg (Clovis, Calif./Floyd B. Buchanan) scored the game's opening goal in the 13th minute, after the WildCats' defense failed to clear a cross put in by first-year defender Charley Colby (Prairie Village, Kan./Shawnee Mission East). Dolberg fired a one-time opportunity from about 15 yards out for his third goal of the season.

The game remained in W&L's favor, 1-0, until the 85th minute when junior midfielder Nick St. Pierre (Roanoke, Va./Northside) padded the Generals' lead with a lunging header goal. On the play, first-year midfielder Samuel Bass (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) curled in a corner kick that was cleared away by the defense. Senior midfielder Kyce Darouiche (Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit) gathered the ball in the center of the field, brought it into the box and found St. Pierre on the opposite post for the score.

Dolberg's lone shot in the game was his 13th-minute goal, while St. Pierre finished with two shots. Junior midfielder Harris Salom (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) led the way with a game-high four shots. Junior midfielder Jack Parham (Littleton, Colo./Colorado Academy) came in next with three shots and put all three attempts on goal.

For the WildCats, senior defender Kyle Wade shot twice to lead the offense. In addition, four other Randolph players shot once in the contest.

Sophomore goalkeeper Michael Nyc (Kildeer, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) (9-1-2) made four saves in 90 minutes of action to notch his seventh shutout of the season and the 15th of his career. His seven clean sheets this season are tied for sixth most in a season in program history, while he needs one more to tie Gillen Beck '18 and E.J. Murphy '00 for fourth most career shutouts.

Randolph senior keeper Erick Cortez-Martinez made five saves in the contest and allowed two goals in 90 minutes in goal.

For the game, the Generals held a 16-6 shot advantage, including a 7-2 edge in the first half, and earned 10 corner kicks, while conceding three.

The Generals will return to action next Wednesday when they host Lynchburg at 3:00 pm in the second meeting between the teams this season.

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