LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's soccer team used a 12-3 shooting advantage in the first half to pull ahead of Bridgewater and keep the lead, as the Generals took down the Eagles, 2-1, on Wednesday afternoon at Watt Field.
In the 17th minute, sophomore forward Haley Ward (Federal Way, Wash./Federal Way) registered the first goal of the game when her corner kick was deflected off BC first-year goalkeeper Chelsea Steele (Fredericksburg, Va./Massaponax) into the back of the net. W&L held the 1-0 lead going into the halftime.
In the second stanza, the Eagles switched the tables and registered 11 shots, but could not stop W&L from scoring once again. With the game time at 57:06, sophomore forward Katherine Rush (Cornelius, N.C./Providence Day School) took control of the ball 25 yards back and bypassed a group of BC defenders to kick the ball in the right side of the goal, bringing the score to 2-0.
The Eagles continued to stay in the game, as sophomore forward Paxton Sauerwald (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) netted a shot in the 71st minute, allowing the Generals' lead to fall to one (2-1). Dribbling a ball from 20 yards out, Sauerwald found holes in W&L's defensive unit and landed an open shot nine yards back.
As the game was coming to a close, BC had many opportunities to tie up the score, but could not fight past W&L's defense. In the final 30 seconds of action, sophomore forward Mari Marotta (Clifton, Va./Centreville) attempted a last-effort shot on goal, only to have the ball go just left of the goal post. The Eagles set up a corner kick with less than 10 seconds on the clock, allowing the final kick to go long and ending the game with a 2-1 victory for the Generals.
With the win, W&L improves to 6-2 (4-1 ODAC) on the season, while Bridgewater falls to 6-3-1 (3-1-1) overall.
In goal for the Blue and White was first-year Addie Healy (Waterford, Va./Woodgrove), who tallied five saves and one goal-against while playing the entire 90:00 of action. Steele recorded two saves and two goals-against.
The Generals return to action on Sunday, when they travel to No. 11 Lynchburg for a 1:00 pm contest.
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