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#19 UMW Men's Soccer Plays to 0-0 Draw Against #11 Lynchburg

#19 UMW Men's Soccer Plays to 0-0 Draw Against #11 Lynchburg

The 19th ranked University of Mary Washington men's soccer team played to a scoreless thriller against the 11th ranked University of Lynchburg Hornets on Wednesday afternoon in Fredericksburg, VA. The Eagles are now 5-0-1 on the season.

In a game that was moved from 5 p.m. to 2 p.m., due to Hurricane Florence, the two teams came out in the first half with a ton of energy. Lynchburg took the first crack at a shot on goal just 1:15 into the game but goalie Ken Kurtz was all over it as he was the entire game. Nine minutes into the game, UMW had their first chance at a shot on goal by Justin Carey but was blocked away by a defender. 

From there, the two teams played even over the next 23 minutes. The next opportunity came for the Hornets as they had a shot ricochet off of the cross bar. Kurtz made one final save before half on a shot outside of the 18.

In the second half, possession was even as the two teams went back and forth. UMW had the first chance in the second half just two minutes in as Ryan Van Maanen crossed a ball in to Idrissa Barrie but Barrie headed iut just wide of the goal. In the 67th minute, Lynchburg hit the cross bar for the second time in the game but Kurtz cleaned up the scrum in front of the goal. 

The Eagles countered after that and Andres Cabrera had a strike from outside of the 18 that went just wide of the goal. Kurtz came up with another big save in the 87th minute to take the game into overtime.

In the first overtime, Mary Washington had three corner kicks but neither team could muster up a shot. In double overtime, Kurtz made two more saves to keep the game deadlocked at 0-0. With just 32 seconds left in the match, Gabriel Soriano had a good look at a shot on goal off of a pass from Van Maanen but the Hornets goalkeeper got a hand on the ball and it sailed wide.

UMW had 10 shots and seven corner kicks on the afternoon, while Kurtz made seven saves.

The Eagles will be back in action on Wednesday as they will host Catholic at 4 p.m. The game on Saturday at Roanoke has been postponed.