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Lightning Forces Men's Soccer into Tie

The Hornets tied William Peace 1-1 in a game that was called due to lightning.
The Hornets tied William Peace 1-1 in a game that was called due to lightning.

By Sydney Anderson

RALEIGH, N.C. - Lightning forced a 1-1 tie on Saturday afternoon for the Shenandoah University men's soccer team in its season opener at William Peace.

The Pacers (0-0-1) scored first with a tally 79 minutes into the match. Freshman Chance Hollins answered three minutes later for the Hornets (0-0-1) off of a free kick outside of the box. 

Regulation ended and just as both teams were taking the field for overtime lightning was spotted. Persistent lightning forced game officials to end the match with a score of 1-1.



82′ | Chance Hollins was awarded a free kick after he was brought down by a William Peace player. From 25 yards out, Hollins delivered a perfect shot past the keeper.


79′ | Jorge Aguilar scored inside of the box off of a cross from the left side, Ivan Ponce and Diego Lugo both picked up an assist.


"I am proud of our guys for their resilience working through the mistakes that come along with the first game of the year," said Head Coach Matt Smith. "Between that and the freshman jitters, we have some things to clean up and I know we will be able to work through those in the next couple of weeks before conference play. The Pacers are a strong team but some returning players like Brian McConkey stepped up today to balance out some of the miscues."


The Hornets stay in North Carolina through the holiday weekend to play Division II Shaw University on Monday, September 3 at noon.


  • SU and WPU split 34 shots.

  • Derrick David took a team-high 4 shots in the contest.

  • Shenandoah held the advantage in corner kicks 9-5.

  • SU keeper Sam Fischer made 6 saves.

  • Six freshmen started for the Hornets.

  • Temperature played a factor in today's game resulting in mandated water breaks by the officials.