Women’s Soccer falls, 1-0, in ODAC Semifinals at Virginia Wesleyan

Women’s Soccer falls, 1-0, in ODAC Semifinals at Virginia Wesleyan

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The fourth-seeded Washington and Lee women’s soccer team was defeated in the semifinal round of the ODAC Tournament by a 1-0 score on the road against top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan on Friday evening.
 

The Marlins (12-5-2) scored the lone goal of the game in the 76th minute following a corner kick. The cross came to the center of the box and was punched away by W&L (13-3-2) senior goalkeeper Grace Coombs (Boca Raton, Fla./Saint Andrews School). At the top of the box, Marlins sophomore forward Julia Marrone trapped the ball and placed a right-footed shot into the top right corner of the frame.
 
Only two shots were taken in the game after the goal, one by each team. The Generals’ shot came on a free kick by sophomore defender Cameron Grainger (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day), but her attempt went high.
 
Prior to the goal, both teams had second-half chances thwarted by the opposing keeper to keep the game scoreless. In the 60th minute, sophomore defender Louisa Bynum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day School) put a header on goal on a corner cross, but junior Amruta Karkare stopped the shot just under the crossbar. Coombs then made a leaping save just five minutes later on a hard shot to the top-left corner.
 
Bynum took two shots in the game and put both attempts on goal. Senior midfielder Erin Hoeh (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga), senior forward Madeleine Becker (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) and junior midfielder Grace Wielechowski (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) each shot twice and had one shot on goal apiece.
 
Coombs (12-3-2) made five saves in the contest, her most since the team’s previous matchup against the Marlins on October 16 of this season when she stopped six shots.
 
Marrone’s goal came on one of her two shots in the game, while senior forward Camryn Terry led the VWU offense with three shots and one attempt on goal. Karkare (6-2-1) matched Coombs with five saves to post the shut out.
 
Shots favored the Marlins on the night, 14-10, and the teams combined for 17 of the game’s 24 attempts in the second half. Both sides earned three corner kicks.
 
With the loss, the Generals would need an at-large bid to reach the NCAA Tournament. The Division III Women’s Soccer Selection Show airs on NCAA.com on Monday at 1:00 pm.
 

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