04 Sep Women’s Soccer upends Pfeiffer, 3-0
LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women’s soccer team cruised to a 3-0 win over Pfeiffer to open the W&L Invitational on Saturday afternoon on Watt Field.
With the win, the Generals are now 2-0 this season and they extended their undefeated streak to 13 games (12-0-1). The Falcons fall to 0-1 overall with the loss.
The Generals got on the board early in the game after sophomore defender Emma Mansfield (Washington, D.C./The Potomac School) fired a shot from short range on the right side. Her attempt ricocheted off the left post and off the back of a Pfeiffer defender, as the Generals took a 1-0 lead just 74 seconds into the contest.
W&L controlled the pace of the game, as it ended the contest with a 40-0 shot advantage. The game remained 1-0 until the 86th minute when first-year forward Sam Berish (Doylestown, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy) collected a loose ball in the box following a blocked shot. Berish battled a defender, found space inside the six-yard box, and scored with her left foot to double the W&L lead.
The Generals’ final tally came with under eight seconds to play, as junior forward Sophia Roche’ (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) sent a cross in from the right side. Junior midfielder Caitlin Barnes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Summit Country Day) was on the receiving end of the cross, and she one-timed her shot to beat the keeper just under the crossbar for the score.
Berish and sophomore defender Cameron Grainger (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) tied for the team high with five shots each, while Mansfield, senior midfielder Erin Hoeh (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga), junior midfielder Grace Wielechowski (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and senior forward Madeleine Becker (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) came in next with four shots each.
In total, 15 different W&L players attempted a shot in the game, with nine players taking multiple shots.
Senior goalkeepers Grace Coombs (Boca Raton, Fla./Saint Andrews) (2-0) and Jasmine Furin (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne’s-Belfield School) combined for the shutout, as Coombs started and played the first half, while Furin covered the second half.
The 40-0 edge in shots by the Generals broke down to 18 shots in the first half and 22 in the second half. W&L’s defensive effort of allowing no shots in the game marked the first such occurrence since a 4-0 win over Ferrum on November 6, 2019. W&L also took 10 corner kicks and conceded none.
The Generals will return to the pitch on Sunday for the second day of the W&L Invitational, as they face off against Illinois Wesleyan at 12:00 pm.
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