Nov. 11, 2010

Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics

The Lynchburg College men's soccer team defeated Transylvania University (KY) 3-1 Thursday in the first-round of the 2010 Division III Tournament. The Hornets now advance to the second round of the tournament, and will play Emory University in Atlanta Sunday at 6 p.m.

Senior forward Shawn Bender (Virginia Beach, VA/Bayside) scored at the 23:56 mark of the first half on a feed from Tyler Romano (Virginia Beach, VA/Landstown) and the score remained 1-0 until intermission.

Junior midfielder Zach Rusk (pictured on kick - Dale City, VA/C.D. Hylton) converted a penalty kick at 70:56 after Donald Hart III (Springfield, VA/Paul VI) was fouled in the box on a breakaway attempt. The Hornets added an insurance goal four minutes later as Kyle Symczak (Woodbridge, VA/Woodbridge) scored from Shane Spanninger (Horsham, PA/Hatboro-Horsham) to make it 3-0. The Pioneers got on the board at 81:20 as Kevin Jones assisted Kyle Smith, but the LC defense made the lead stand up.

Freshman keeper Michael Releford (Blacksburg, VA/Blacksburg, VA) made four saves for LC and Alex Schmitt (pictured below) made five stops for Transylvania (16-3-2).

The Hornets advance to the NCAA Tournament's second round for the second-straight season. If the Hornets win Sunday, they will advance to the NCAA Tournament 's Sweet 16.