Fredericksburg, Va. -- It began as a battle between ranked unbeatens and ended much the same.
The seventh-ranked University of Lynchburg men's soccer team played No. 12 Mary Washington to a scoreless draw Wednesday afternoon as both teams kept zeroes in their respective loss columns for the 2018 season.
The Hornets held a 7-1 advantage in shots-on-goal, but the Eagles defense held strong as both teams preserved the shutout. Senior goalkeeper Dylan McLaurin (Stafford, Va.) collected the lone save for Lynchburg. It was the fourth shutout of the season for McLaurin and the Lynchburg defense.
Sophomore forward Abibi Osman (Charlottesville, Va.) recorded match-highs with four shots and three shots-on-goal for the Hornets.
Final: No. 7 Lynchburg 0, No. 12 Mary Washington 0, 2 OT
Records: No. 7 Lynchburg 4-0-1, No. 12 Mary Washington 5-0-1
Venue: Battleground Athletic Complex, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Both teams thwarted scoring opportunities early as Osman's second-minute rip was saved by Eagles keeper Ken Kurtz and, over the next 10 minutes, UMW couldn't connect on two shots and a corner kick opportunity. Lynchburg's best chance of the half came in the 33rd, when senior forward Zach Thomas (Audubon, N.J.) struck the crossbar.
After stopping an Eagles barrage out of halftime, the Hornets took control midway through the period and knocked on the door several times. Lynchburg nearly scored in the 88th minute, when freshman forward Joey Daly (Raleigh, N.C.) put a shot on frame, but Kurtz was there again for the save.
When UMW was unable to convert on three corner kicks in the first overtime period, Lynchburg controlled the second 10-minute, golden-goal frame. Daly and Osman both forced Kurtz to make match-saving stops. The Eagles' last-minute shot resulted in McLaurin's lone save of the match.
Lynchburg's weekend schedule was shuffled by the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Florence, forcing a postponement with Oglethorpe. Sunday's match with Berry remains on the schedule, and the Hornets will welcome the Vikings to Shellenberger Field at 1 p.m.