Men's soccer triumphant over Marlins in ODAC slugfest

Bhalye Kearns heads a soccer ball. Graphic showing 4-2 final score and team logos.

Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's men's soccer team remained unbeaten in 2018 Wednesday night with a 4-2 home Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory over Virginia Wesleyan.

Sophomore defender Bhayle Kearns (Broad Run, Va.), sophomore midfielder Ben Mackey (Leesburg, Va.), and junior forward Robert Dunham (Ashburn, Va.) each scored for Lynchburg.

It was the fifth time this season Lynchburg's men have scored four goals in a match.



Final: No. 5 Lynchburg 4, Virginia Wesleyan 2

Records: No. 5 Lynchburg (11-0-2, 7-0-1 ODAC), Virginia Wesleyan (2-11-1, 2-5-1)

Venue: Shellenberger Field, University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Va.



  • Virginia Wesleyan got on the board early when Andrew Freeman finished a rebounded save in the sixth minute, and the Marlins took the 1-0 lead into halftime.

  • Lynchburg offense awoke in the second stanza, however, sparked by Kearns' long-distance, left-footed strike that tied the match in the 49th minute.

  • The Hornets took a 2-1 lead in the 56th minute when Mackey's free kick was headed into the Marlins' goal by a VWU defender.

  • Lynchburg added some cushion in the 68th minute, thanks to a Mackey penalty kick after senior midfielder Dan Friedberg (Blacksburg, Va.) drew a foul in the box.

  • VWU scored its second goal in the 77th minute to trim the lead to one, but Dunham added some breathing room in the 85th to ice the match with an unassisted goal.



Lynchburg will remain home for a Homecoming matchup with Bridgewater on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.


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