LEXINGTON, Va. – Sophomore forward Tricia Jessee (Roanoke, Va. / Patrick Henry) and first-year forward Chandler Wickers (Portola Valley, Calif. / Menlo School) scored two goals each to lead the Washington and Lee women's soccer team to a 5-1 victory over Meredith College in the season opener for both teams on Friday at Watt Field.
The win was the 250th in the career of Washington and Lee Head Coach Neil Cunningham. Cunningham is now 250-73-29 (.751) over 20 seasons as a head coach at Savannah College of Art and Design and W&L. He is 188-43-25 (.783) in 14 seasons with the Generals.
The Blue and White scored two first-half goals to carry a 2-0 lead into the halftime break. Wickers got things started in the 11th-minute when she scored off an assist from senior midfielder Holley Beasley (Virginia Beach, Va. / Norfolk Academy).
Jessee added a second tally for W&L in the 27th-minute when she took a feed from Beasley and beat Meredith first-year goalkeeper Jaisa Loch (Grimesland, N.C. / DH Conley).
Jessee extended the Generals' lead to 3-0 at the 56:00 mark when she scored off an assist from senior forward Katie Rossi (Wyoming, Del. / Caesar Rodney).
Meredith got on the board in the 60th-minute on an unassisted goal by sophomore midfielder Meredith McCarty (Swansboro, N.C. / Jacksonville) to make the score 3-1. Junior midfielder Erin Harvey (Mission Hills, Kan. / Pembroke Hill) notched a tally in the 67th-minute and Wickers scored her second goal in the 73rd-minute off an assist from sophomore midfielder Katie Pettit (San Diego, Calif. / Scripps Ranch) for the final margin.
W&L held a 19-3 advantage in shots, while Meredith held a slim 5-4 edge in corner kicks. Junior goalkeeper Addie Healy (Waterford, Va. / Woodgrove) played all 90 minutes in goal for the Generals, making one save. Loch played the first 81:10 in goal and made six saves, with five goals allowed. Sophomore Brook Verburg (Fuquay-Varina, N.C. / Fuquay-Varina) played the final 8:50 and did not face a shot.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday, as it plays host to Salisbury for a 1:00 pm contest.