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.
HOW IT HAPPENED
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.