Lynchburg, Va. -- The quest for the three-peat is no more.
The 25th-ranked University of Lynchburg men's soccer team's bid for a third-consecutive Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship came to an end Saturday evening under the lights of Shellenberger Field with the Hornets' 1-0 loss to Hampden-Sydney. The eighth-seeded Tigers' Charlie Letson pushed a 14th-minute goal across the line in the ODAC tournament quarterfinal match, and Lynchburg never found the equalizer. The Hornets out-shot their guests by a 23-5 margin and earned 11 corner kicks to H-SC's three.
After a shaky first half, Lynchburg turned the pressure on in the second, but every time the Hornets put a shot on goal, H-SC keeper Wills Huddleston was there. The Tiger keeper made seven saves in the shutout.
The defeat ended a string of six straight ODAC tournament wins for the Hornets, who captured both the 2020 and 2021 conference championships at home on Shellenberger Field.
Lynchburg (11-2-5) will hope to hear its name called with the announcement of the NCAA Division III tournament field Monday, Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. The Hornets were rated fourth by the committee in the latest Region VI rankings.
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