Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's men's soccer team used some late heroics to remain unbeaten on the 2018 season, eeking out a 4-3 thriller over visiting Dickinson in Game 2 of the Shellenberger Classic Friday evening.
Sophomore forward Abibi Osman (Charlottesville, Va.) uncorked a hat trick, including a highlight-reel bicycle kick from the top of the box, in the slugfest between two 2017 NCAA tournament qualifiers. Sophomore midfielder Ben Mackey (Leesburg, Va.) hit the game-winner for the 21st-ranked Hornets in the 87th minute.
Dickinson goalkeeper Fred Meagher made 10 saves for the Red Devils.
Roanoke beat Christopher Newport, 2-1, in the first Shellenberger Classic match of the day.
Final: No. 21 Lynchburg 4, Dickinson 3
Records: No. 21 Lynchburg 3-0, Dickinson 1-1-1
Venue: Shellenberger Field, University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Va.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dickinson capitalized on a pair of Lynchburg's defensive miscues to take a 2-0 first-half lead. Vard Van de Water struck a penalty kick after the Red Devils were fouled in the box in the 15th minute, and Frederick Cisse doubled the lead, chasing down a ball that the Hornet defense mishandled and scoring in the 38th.
The Hornets were unable to connect on any of their 10 first-half shots.
Lynchburg came out of the half with better focus, and it quickly manifest in points on the board. In the 48th minute, Osman finished a Mackey corner kick that first found the head of senior defender Clay Van Gieson (Gloucester, Va.) and then Osman's.
Seven minutes better, junior midfielder Jack Ashby (Lewes, Del.) headed a ball toward the top of the box, where Osman, waiting in traffic, flipped into a bicycle kick and finished over the keeper's outstretched arm.
The tie match didn't last long, as the Red Devils again took advantage of a Lynchburg defensive miscue. Senior goalkeeper Dylan McLaurin (Stafford, Va.) saved the first attempt, but Van de Water chased down the rebound in the box and found the back of the net.
Lynchburg was quick to retaliate, as freshman forward Joey Daly (Raleigh, N.C.) centered a ball in the box that Osman one-touched into the net in the 72nd minute.
The Hornets controlled the remainder of play with chance after chance, and they finally broke through again in the 87th. Senior midfielder Dan Friedberg (Blacksburg, Va.) headed a ball off the right post, and Mackey chased down the rebound and scored the go-ahead goal from close range.
The match was physical from start to finish, as Dickinson picked up 19 fouls and four yellow cards, and Lynchburg collected 15 fouls and three yellows.
No. 21 Lynchburg puts its 3-0 record on the line again Saturday, Sept. 8 in the final match of the Shellenberger Classic, where the Hornets will play Christopher Newport at 7:30 p.m. The 5 p.m. match between Roanoke and Dickinson will precede it.