Defense has been the key for the Keydets as of late, surrendering just one goal in the last two contests, spanning 200 minutes of action. The VMI keepers have also played well. In Saturday’s game at Greene-Harbison Field, Daniel Kitchen and Taylor Feuerstein combined for four saves in goal, each stopping a pair of shots.
Kitchen left the game in the 20th minute with an apparent injury, allowing Feuerstein to finish the final 70 minutes. The defensive line was also credited with a team save. Feuerstein suffered the loss while Gardner-Webb’s Scott Krotee made two saves in the win.
The Bulldogs (2-8-1, 1-1-1 BSC) collected a goal in the 70th minute from Jon Ole Reinhardson that proved to be the deciding marker. The play stemmed from one of Gardner-Webb’s nine corner kicks, with Marius Hammersmark sending in the winning assist from the corner.
On the clear and mild afternoon, the Keydets (1-8-1, 0-3-1 BSC) took just three shots, but put two of those chances on frame. Senior forward Kyle Farmer took two attempts, putting one on goal while fellow senior David Rochow accounted for VMI’s other shot, putting the chance on cage.
Opposite VMI, Gardner-Webb posted 17 total shots, including six on goal. John Sargent and Denzel Clarke led the game with four attempts each. Clarke tallied two shots on goal, as did Reinhardson.
The Keydets return to the friendly confines of Patchin Field on Wednesday for another Big South Conference game, this time hosting nearby rival Radford University. Game time is set for 4 p.m. and will serve as the first of three-straight home games for VMI.