Thole's Game-Winner Propels No. 20 W&L Field Hockey to 1-0 Win over Kenyon

Annalise Thole '19 plays the ball forward.

LEXINGTON, Va. — Senior forward Annalise Thole (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) scored the game-winning goal in the opening half, and senior goalkeeper Ariyel Yavalar (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School) tied the program's career shutout record, as the 20th-ranked Washington and Lee field hockey team topped Kenyon, 1-0, on Sunday at the W&L Turf Field.

The Ladies (1-1) dictated play for the first 15 minutes of the contest, but the Generals (1-1) found their footing midway through the half. With 14 minutes left in the period, the Blue and White earned a penalty corner.

Junior defender Olivia Hewitt (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) inserted the ball from the left side to the top of the circle. Sophomore midfielder Caroline Caruso (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) received the pass and quickly fired a shot toward the goal. A Kenyon defender immediately deflected the shot and the ball popped into the air toward the right post.

Thole was there waiting for the rebound and struck the ball past junior goalkeeper Maddie Lockyer for the contest's lone goal. The tally was the first of the season for Thole and the fifth of her career.

At halftime, the Ladies held a 9-4 advantage in shots, while corners were even at four a piece. In the second, Kenyon continued to pressure the W&L defense, but Yavalar and the rest of the Generals' back line were up for the challenge. The Ladies then pulled their goalkeeper for the final 2:17 of the game, but only generated one shot in the final minutes, which went just wide of the cage off a corner, as W&L pulled out the 1-0 victory.

Yavalar made five saves in 70 minutes to notch her 12th shutout of her career. She tied the record of Courtney Harrison '06, who ended her career with 12. Yavalar has now allowed just one goal in 145 minutes of play this year with 12 saves for a 0.48 goals against average. Lockyer made just one save in the contest.

Kenyon finished the game with a 16-6 advantage in shots and a 10-4 edge in penalty corners.

The Generals return to action on Saturday, when they play a neutral-site contest against Vassar at Christopher Newport at 1:00 pm.

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