Generals Top Roanoke, 2-1, in 2OT and Cunningham Records 300th Win

Generals Top Roanoke, 2-1, in 2OT and Cunningham Records 300th Win

SALEM, Va. — With 15.5 seconds left in double overtime, junior midfielder Megan Engeland (Yardley, Pa. / Pennsbury) scored the game-winning goal to give the Washington and Lee women's soccer team a 2-1 victory at Roanoke on Tuesday at Kerr Stadium. The win marked the 300th career victory for W&L Head Coach Neil Cunningham.

The two teams ended regulation tied, 1-1. Neither squad put a shot on goal in the first overtime, and the Maroons (8-4-1, 5-1-0 ODAC) had the first real opportunity in the second. In the 104th minute, sophomore forward Hailey Davis took a free kick from 18 yards outside the box on the near side. She sent a strike toward the center of the goal, but sophomore keeper Molly Mann (Matthews, N.C. / Weddington) was there to make the save.

With time winding down on the clock in the final extra frame, the Generals (8-3-1, 5-1-0 ODAC) controlled possession and went on the attack. Senior midfielder Chandler Wickers (Portola Valley, Calif. / Menlo School) had the ball on the far side of the box and sent a centering pass to Engeland at the top of the box.

Engeland took two touches and then struck the ball with her left foot, sending it into the far corner of the goal with 15.5 left on the clock for the game-winner. It was the ninth goal of the year for Engeland and her third game-winning tally.

For the contest, the Blue and White only took two more shots, 9-7, than the Maroons, but had seven shots on goal compared to two for Roanoke. The Maroons held an 8-5 advantage in corner kicks.

Mann made one save, while playing the full 109:45. Sophomore goalkeeper Chris Martin stopped five shots for Roanoke, while playing the entire game.

W&L tallied the first goal in the 23rd minute. Sophomore defender Emily Roche' (Ashburn, Va. / Broad Run) had a free kick from about 20 yards outside the box. She sent the ball toward the goal, which forced Martin off her line. Off a deflection, Wickers secured possession and directed her shot into the corner of the goal to give the Generals a 1-0 lead.  

Roanoke tied the game in the 60th minute. On a counter attack, first-year forward Ellie Schad had the ball in the center of the field on a break in W&L's zone. She made a forwarding pass to Davis on the near side who got behind the Generals' last line of defense. With just the keeper to beat, Davis shot toward the center of the goal and the ball got through Mann to even the score, 1-1.

Cunningham now has a 300-85-32 (.758) record across his 23 seasons at Savannah College of Art and Design and W&L, including a 238-55-28 (.785) mark in 17 years with the Generals. He becomes the 20th active Division III women's coach with 300 victories.

W&L returns to action next Tuesday, when it hosts Shenandoah at 4:00 pm.

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