Scots down Randolph, 2-1, to sweep Bicentennial Kick-off Classic

Scots down Randolph, 2-1, to sweep Bicentennial Kick-off Classic

The Maryville College Men's Soccer team completed the Bicentennial Kick-off Classic of Saturday night, as they defeated Randolph College, 2-1.

Maryville outscored opponents 7-1 in the tournament celebrating 200 years of Maryville College, as the Scots came out with an unblemished 2-0 mark.

With the sweep in the tournament, the Scots landed seven on the All-Tournament Team, including MVP Alexander Rigatti. Chris Fernandez, Aaron Rucker, Johnny Rakhmonberdiev, Trevor McDonald, Kyle Bennett and Austin Vinyard joined him in tournament accolades.

Rakhmonberdiev and Vinyard scored the pair of goals for Maryville, as Rakhmonberdiev's ranked as the Scots' game-winner.

Maryville College struck first in the 15th minute of play with a crazy goal by Vinyard. The junior forward took a throw-in from senior Chris Fernandez, bicycle kicking the ball into the upper left of the goal. At the 14:48 mark, the Scots led 1-0.

The scoring would go cold until the second half, when Maryville made it a 2-nil match.

At 50:11, Rakhmonberdiev tallied the eventual game-winner. He took a cross from Jace Burchfiel, left-footing it into the bottom left of the goal past keeper Erick Cortez-Martine. In the 52nd minute, the Scots held control, 2-0.

Randolph College posted the first goal of the season on MC in the 85th minute, as the Wildcats tried to make a late rally. Gunnar Copeland crossed into the box, as Jamie Ford-Lane used a header into the upper left of the net. That goal made the final, 2-1, in favor of the Scots.

Keeper Mykal Manfred, who earned his first win in goal, led Maryville (2-0). The freshman from Gallatin, Tenn., played a complete game, allowing just one goal. Manfred turned away four saves to keep the Scots in control.

Vinyard added a goal on his four shots of the night, while Rakhmonberdiev had a score with two shots on frame. Burchfiel and Fernandez tallied assists to reach the scoring column.

Randolph College (0-2) was paced by Ford-Lane who made his one shot count. Daniel Over and Evan Blow had two shots each, while Copeland added the assist in the loss.

Maryville College will have a week off before taking on the Roanoke College Classic on Sept. 7-8. The Scots face off with Lynchburg College in Roanoke, Va. on Saturday, as first touch is slated for 5:00 p.m.