VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Washington and Lee women’s
soccer team won the 2009 ODAC Tournament championship on penalty
kicks, 3-2, after tying Virginia Wesleyan, 0-0, on Saturday at
Both teams has several solid scoring opportunities, but were not able to find the net. The second-seeded Generals (16-1-3) led the top-seeded Marlins (17-3-1) in corner kicks, 9-4, while being outshot, 21-8, in 110 minutes of play.
VWC shot first in the penalty kick round, with senior midfielder Nicki Mazzoccone connecting on the first attempt. The Generals went down, 1-0, after misses by their first two kickers, senior midfielder Maggie Sutherland (Pittsburgh, Pa./Sewickley Academy) and sophomore defender Corinne Smith (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley).
However, the Generals would respond with three consecutive penalty kicks from sophomore defender Kat Lawson (White Post, Va./Clarke County), sophomore midfielder Page Minton (Bowling Green, Ky./Bowling Green) and first-year midfielder Ainsley Daigle (Lafayette, La./Episcopal School of Acadiana) to advance as the ODAC women’s soccer champion for the third time in school history and first time since 2003.
Sophomore goalie Emily Leary (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kings) was outstanding in net for the Generals, playing all 110:00 while recording eight saves and making two stops in the shootout. Virginia Wesleyan senior goalie Allison Lennox also played the duration, recording three saves and stopping one penalty kick.
The Generals will return to action in the NCAA Division III women’s soccer tournament, receiving an automatic bid by claiming the championship. Opponent, date and time are TBA.
W&L – Emily Leary, 110:00, 0 GA, 8 saves
VWC – Allison Lennox, 110:00, 0 GA, 3 saves
W&L – 8 shots, 9 corner kicks, 8 saves, 10 fouls, 2 offsides
VWC – 21 shots, 4 corner kicks, 3 saves, 13 fouls, 1 offsides, 1 yellow card (Blaze Byrd, 54:44)
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