Men's soccer shuts out Eastern Mennonite

Austin Kues kicks a soccer ball. Graphic showing 1-0 final score and team logos.

Harrisonburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's men's soccer team played strong defense and got just enough offense to take down Eastern Mennonite, 1-0, Saturday night on the road.

Senior defender Austin Kues (High Point, N.C.) scored his third goal in the past two games to make the difference, connecting on a penalty kick in the 35th minute for the match's only tally.

Senior goalkeeper Dylan McLaurin (Stafford, Va.) saved the only shot-on-goal he faced as the All-American and the rest of the Hornets defense secured their ninth shutout of 2018.



Final: No. 5 Lynchburg 1, Eastern Mennonite 0

Records: No. 5 Lynchburg (10-0-2, 6-0-1 ODAC), Eastern Mennonite (7-7-1, 4-3 ODAC)

Venue: EMU Turf Field, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va.



  • Lynchburg controlled the match from the outset, taking 13 shots in the first half to the Royals' four. But EMU goalkeeper Emmanuel Kapanga made four first-half saves to keep the Hornets off the board early.

  • That all changed in the 35th minute, when a Royals hand ball in the box resulted in a penalty kick opportunity for Lynchburg. A diving Kapanga got a hand on Kues' penalty shot but not enough to prevent the game-winning goal.

  • The Hornets held a 7-2 advantage in the shots column in the second half, but EMU again played solid defense and kept the match a one-goal affair.



Fifth-ranked Lynchburg will look ahead to Homecoming week, which starts Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. against Virginia Wesleyan. The Lynchburg athletic department will honor its spring sport league champions, NCAA qualifiers, and individual award winners at the match.