LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's soccer team dropped its first ODAC contest of the season to 14th-ranked Virginia Wesleyan, 1-0, Saturday afternoon at Watt Field.
In the 38th minute, first-year forward Samantha Sanders (Allentown, Pa./Fleetwood) notched the contest's only goal to give the Marlins the 1-0 lead. As players formed around W&L's goal, Sanders grabbed a loose ball deflected off a Generals player and knocked the ball in the back of the net.
Just minutes into the game, the Generals had a chance to take an early lead, as sophomore midfielder Haley Ward (Federal Way, Wash./Federal Way) and sophomore forward Katie Rossi (Wyoming, Del./Caesar Rodney) had two consecutive shots on goal. VWC junior goalkeeper Erica Keil (Wayne, N.J./DePaul Catholic) stepped up in the box and was able to keep both from scoring.
More scoring opportunities came for the Generals in the second period. At the 47:16 mark, Ward was awarded a penalty kick 19 yards out from the Marlins' goal, but the shot was inches away from going in as the ball hit the top post. VWC held off any other scoring chances for W&L in the remainder of the game and claimed the 1-0 win.
With the loss, the Generals fall to 5-2 overall (3-1 ODAC), while the Marlins improve to 8-0-1 (3-0-1 ODAC) on the season.
In net for the Blue and White was first-year Addie Healy (Waterford, Va./Woodgrove), who registered two saves and one goal-against in the 90:00 of play.
Keil protected the goal for the Marlins, recording six saves and a shutout for the entirety of the game.
W&L returns to the field on Wednesday, when it hosts Bridgewater for a 4:00 pm contest.
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