Women’s Soccer falls at Emory, 1-0

Women’s Soccer falls at Emory, 1-0

ATLANTA – The Washington and Lee women’s soccer team saw its 16-game unbeaten streak come to an end on Saturday afternoon following a 1-0 loss to Emory on the road.
 
The Generals fall to 5-1 overall on the season with the result, and it is the team’s first loss since dropping a 1-0 decision to Virginia Wesleyan on November 9, 2019. The Eagles improve to 5-0-1 overall with the win.
 
Emory scored the game’s lone goal in the 49th minute when junior defender Peyton Robertson headed in a corner kick taken by junior forward Kylie Hall.
 
Just eight minutes later, the Generals looked to equalize on a corner kick of their own when it was taken short and crossed into the middle of the box by sophomore midfielder Emma Mansfield (Washington, D.C./The Potomac School). Her cross was headed on frame at the six-yard box by junior midfielder Grace Wielechowski (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), but saved by senior keeper Emma Platt.
 
When Platt rolled the ball out to a defender, Wielechowski stepped in front and intercepted the pass and found space on the 18 for another shot, but Platt made the stop. In total, the Generals put five shots on frame in the game, all of which came in the second half.
 
Senior forward Emily Leding (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski Academy) paced W&L with three shots and one attempt on goal. Wielechowski, senior midfielder Erin Hoeh (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga) and first-year defender Ann Riley Huber (Atlanta, Ga./Holy Innocents’ Episcopal) each took two shots.
 
Senior goalkeeper Grace Coombs (Boca Raton, Fla./Saint Andrews School) (5-1) made eight saves in the loss, the most since she recorded a career-high tying 12 on October 17, 2018. It was also Coombs’ first goal allowed this season, snapping her consecutive shutout minutes streak at 509:13. Coombs now owns a 0.18 goals-against average in 495:00 this season, the second-best mark in the ODAC.
 
Robertson’s goal came on her only shot of the game, while Hall and junior forward Aubrey Blanchard led the offense with five shots each. Platt (5-0-1) made five saves in 90 minutes to record the shutout.
 
The Generals will return to action on Wednesday when they host Mary Washington at 7:00 pm in their final non-conference contest of the regular season.
 

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