Soccer dominates Methodist for NCAA victory

The men’s soccer team continued nine game win streak by blanking Methodist in first round of NCAA Tournament


W&L’s defense has allowed an ODAC-Best 0.70 goals per game. Photo courtesy of W&L Sports Info.

The twenty-third ranked Washington and Lee men’s soccer team scored three second-half goals en route to posting a 3-0 triumph over Methodist on Nov. 12 at Watt Field in the first-round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament.

Midfielder Viktor Dolberg, ‘19, (Clovis, Calif. / Floyd B. Buchannan) tallied the game-winner in the fifty-forth minute when he scored off of a cross from junior defender Patrick Barry (West Roxbury, Mass. / Roxbury Latin School).

Midfielder Andrew Kim, ‘18, (Blacksburg, Va. / Blacksburg) increased W&L’s (16-3-2) lead to 2-0 just 5:15 later when he dribbled through the Methodist defense and then beat goalkeeper Alex Rabone, ‘18, (Dubai, UAE / Shattuck St. Mary’s) to the far post.

Midfielder Ben Bayles, ‘16, (Fleming Island, Fla. / Fleming Island) netted the Generals’ final tally of the match at the seventy minute mark on a penalty kick that followed a Methodist penalty in the box.  Bayles is now 5-5 on penalty kicks this season.

The Generals and Monarchs went into halftime knotted at 0-0, despite Washington and Lee out-shooting Methodist, 9-3, in the first half.

For the game, W&L held a 15-8 advantage in shots and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

Goalkeeper Gillen Beck, ‘16, (Blacksburg, Va. / Blacksburg) played eight-tree minutes of the match in goal for the Blue and White and stopped four shots. Connor Hayward, ‘17, (Dallas, Texas / Highland Park) saw the remaining seven minutes and collected one save. Rabone suffered the loss for the Monarchs, seeing all 90 minutes of action in net and finishing with two saves. Methodist also recorded one team save.

The loss ended an 11-game winning streak for the Monarchs, who finished the season at 14-5-3 overall.

The Generals return to the field on Sunday when they travel to No. 7 Haverford to take on the Fords in second-round action of the NCAA Tournament. The match is set for a 1 p.m. start.