LEXINGTON, Va. – Sophomore midfielder Dylan Ritch (Mint Hill, N.C. / Independence) scored two goals to help the Washington and Lee men's soccer team to a 4-1 victory over Southern Virginia in the Generals' home opener on Wednesday evening at Watt Field.
Southern Virginia (1-2) got on the board first in the 12th minute with a goal from first-year forward Tyler McElwee. McElwee found the back of the net with a long shot from just outside the box that slipped just under the crossbar.
The Generals (2-1) would even the score shortly thereafter, when junior defender Sterling Kirk (San Francisco, Calif. / Stuart Hall) crossed the ball into the box which found Ritch, who placed the shot in the lower right corner at 12:53. At the 17:06 mark, Ritch took a shot on a breakaway, but Southern Virginia senior goalkeeper Keenan Carroll made a diving save. However, Ritch was able to secure the rebound and then buried a shot for his second goal of the game.
Sophomore midfielder James Brady (Glen Head, N.Y. / Chaminade) would give the Generals their third goal of the first half, when he headed in a corner taken by junior midfielder Kevin Molnar (Mendham, N.J. / Delbarton School) in the 29th minute.
W&L came out strong in the second half and extended its lead to three goals. Sophomore midfielder Kevin Lencioni (Rochester Hills, Mich. / Rochester Adams) netted a goal in the lower right corner after sophomore midfielder Will Hamryka (Dawsonville, Ga. / Greater Atlanta Christian) passed the ball to him right into the center of the box.
Washington and Lee held a 30-6 shot advantage and a 9-2 edge in corner kicks. Senior goalkeeper Connor Hayward (Dallas, Texas / Highland Park) and first-year goalie Thomas Zusi (Chester, N.J. / Pingry School) each made one save for the Generals. Hayward got the win after playing the first 80:56 of the contest.
Carroll made seven saves in 63:20 for Southern Virginia, while junior goalkeeper Colin Flynn made three stops in relief.
W&L returns to action this weekend when it travels to 18th-ranked Ohio Wesleyan for a pair of matches. W&L plays OWU at 2:00 pm on Saturday and Wooster at 11:00 am on Sunday.
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