Nov. 14, 2009

Courtesy Lynchburg Athletics

NEWPORT NEWS, VA - The Lynchburg College men's soccer team earned its first ever NCAA Tournament win with a 3-0 victory over Catholic University on Saturday evening from Christopher Newport University. The Hornets advance to the second round where they will face the winner between CNU and Cabrini.

The name of the game for the Hornets was efficiency and they wasted no time scoring the first goal of the game as Michael Abbonizio (Maple Glen, PA/Hatboro-Horsham) directed a Josh Reed (Newark, DE/Caravel) pass into the back of the net just 35 seconds into the contest. Reed fired off another shot at 7:46 but Quinn Daly, the Catholic goalkeeper, prevented the Hornets from going up 2-0. Lynchburg would only manage two more shots the rest of the first-half, but Shawn Bender (Virginia Beach, VA/Bayside) capitalized on the fourth shot by pocketing a goal to send LC into intermission up 2-0. Catholic only mustered three shots in the first-half, but Hornet goalie Matt Sturdivant (Bear, DE/Caravel) turned back two of them to keep the Cardinals at bay.

Lynchburg continued to make the most of their opportunities after the half as the first shot of the stanza led to Hunter Smith (Goode, Va/Jefferson Forest) notching a goal to make it a 3-0 game in the 51st minute.

Lynchburg's second round contest tomorrow will be played at 6 p.m.