02 Sep Women’s Soccer Scores Three Goals Over Final 23 Minutes To Blank Stevenson In Season-Opener
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – – –The Washington College women’s soccer team opened their 2021 campaign with a dominant, 3-0, victory against the Stevenson Mustangs on Thursday evening at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. Despite several quality scoring chances, the Shorewomen were held off the scoreboard for over 67 minutes but the team exploded with three goals over the final stretch of the contest. The program has now won nine straight games on opening day.
How It Happened
– Senior forward Erin O’Reilly was presented with a solid scoring opportunity in the 20th minute as she delivered a hard shot from the left-side but Mustangs’ senior keeper Keegan Caffrey (nine total saves) made a diving stop to her left.
– O’Reilly had a great chance less than two minutes later following a long service down the middle of the field. The ball bounced to O’Reilly inside the box but her header was punched away by Caffrey.
– Senior defender Keelie Verbeek had a direct kick opportunity in the 30th minute but her attempt sailed just wide of the post.
– The Shorewomen outshot the Mustangs by a 9-3 count in the first half.
– Just two minutes into the second half, senior defender Bess Mascone drilled a direct kick just over the crossbar following a hand ball.
– Stevenson was issued three consecutive corner-kicks midway through the second half but weren’t able to create any chances with them.
– The hosts finally broke through with 22:45 remaining as they were able to make the visitors pay follwing a perfect pass by sophomore midfielder Ellen Daly. O’Reilly sprinted past a defender, took a dribble and fired a hard shot that squirted into the far side of net after it was initially deflected by Caffrey.
– Junior midfielder Lauren Maynor followed up her own rebound with a tally to make it 2-0 in the 84th minute.
– Classmate Ellie Morrall added an unassisted goal just over a minute later after she made a run down the right flank.
– The Shorewomen held a 22-4 advantage in shots as senior keeper Noah Smith was asked to make just two stops.
– O’Reilly paced the team with four shots on the evening while Daly added three.
– Washington’s last opening day loss came in 2011 when they dropped a 1-0 decision against Neumann in Chestertown.
The Shorewomen will host Hood on Monday at 4:00 p.m. Hood is coached by former Washington College assistant coach Molly Kovarick.
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