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Emory & Henry Men’s Soccer Tops Hampden-Sydney, 2-1, Saturday For Key ODAC Victory

Emory & Henry Men’s Soccer Tops Hampden-Sydney, 2-1, Saturday For Key ODAC Victory

HAMPDEN SYDNEY, Va.  – The Emory & Henry College Men's Soccer Team (10-6-1, 2-4-1 ODAC) scored twice in the opening half to earn a 2-1 win over Hampden-Sydney College (6-7-1, 1-5-1 ODAC) Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Wasps put themselves in solid position to earn a bid to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament for the first time since 2001 as one week remains in the regular season.

The Basics
FINAL SCORE – Emory & Henry 2, Hampden-Sydney 1
LOCATION – Hampden Sydney, Virginia – Miller Field
RECORDS – Emory & Henry (10-6-1, 2-4-1 ODAC); Hampden-Sydney (6-7-1, 1-5-1 ODAC)

How It Happened
- E&H got on the board at the 10:20 mark as junior forward Jordan Couch (Abingdon, Va.) tallied his 21st goal of the season off a deflection.
- Junior defender Chandler Copeland (Newport News, Va.) struck in the 37th minute for his first career goal, making the score 2-0 in favor of the Wasps.
- Hampden-Sydney spoiled the shutout with 27 minutes remaining as William Jackson found the back of the net.
- The attackers for both teams kept the goalkeepers busy in the final half hour with a total of nine shots on goal, three of which came for the Wasps.

Emory & Henry Individual Leaders
- Couch finished the game with five shots to lead all players, putting three on target, including his goal.
- Copeland's only strike of the contest proved to be the difference-maker and match-winner.
- Senior midfielder Zach Quest (Charlotte, N.C.) had a pair of attempts on frame while sophomore forward Tyequis Stallins (Chesapeake, Va.) and senior goalkeeper Didier Grillet (Matthews, N.C.) also put shots on goal.
- Grillet picked up the win, making nine saves on a total of 17 shots faced.

Hampden-Sydney Individual Leaders
- Jackson and Hunter Weiland each had four shots in the contest with Jackson's strike in the 63rdd minute putting the Tigers on board.
- Ryan Turner and Cole Burton took a pair of shots each.
- Cameron McFarlane made six saves despite the loss, playing the full 90 minutes in goal.

A Deeper Look
- Hampden-Sydney outshot Emory & Henry, 17-11, and held an 11-8 lead on shots on goal.
- The Tigers took four corner kicks, all in the first half, compared to three by the Wasps.
- Both teams were flagged for one offside violation in the final 10 minutes of the opening half.

Notable
- With a career total of 27 goals, Couch is now tied with P.J. Henson for the Emory & Henry record.
- Grillet now holds the program record for wins in a career, picking up his 15th win today and now has seven victories on the season.
- The Wasps defeat the Tigers for the second year in a row by a 2-1 margin and for just the fourth time in program history.
- With the two goals scored today, E&H eclipses 50 goals scored in a season for the first time ever.
- Emory & Henry reaches the 10-win mark for just the second time in program history and the first time since 1995.

Up Next
- Emory & Henry will remain on the road Wednesday when it travels to face the No. 17 Lynchburg College Hornets at Shellenberger Field. LC's national ranking comes from the NSCAA.
- Kickoff for E&H's penultimate regular season matchup is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

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 -photo courtesy of Joey Gass