W&L Women's Soccer defeats CNU, 4-0, In NCAA 1st Round

W&L Women's Soccer defeats CNU, 4-0, In NCAA 1st Round

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee scored four second-half goals, including a pair by senior midfielder Maggie Sutherland (Pittsburgh, Pa./Sewickley Academy), to produce a 4-0 victory over Christopher Newport in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Watt Field.

The Generals (17-1-3) outshot the Captains (12-8-3) by a count of 9-1 in the opening 45 minutes, but CNU senior goalkeeper Dineen Sampson (Kennett Square, Pa./Unionville) made several outstanding saves in the first half to send the teams scoreless into the halftime break.

Sutherland gave W&L a 1-0 lead at 56:04 when she headed in a corner kick by sophomore defender Page Minton (Bowling Green, Ky./Bowling Green). She then scored off another Minton corner just 4:10 later for a 2-0 lead. First-year midfielder Ainsley Daigle (Lafayette, La./Episcopal School of Acadiana) added another tally off a penalty kick in the 67th minute, and first-year forward Katie Howard (Atherton, Calif./Menlo School) capped the scoring when she found the net off a feed from first-year defender Alex Todd (New Orleans, La./Isidore Newman) in the 89th minute.

For the game, Washington and Lee held advantages of 16-5 in shots and 8-0 in corner kicks. Sophomore goalkeeper Emily Leary (Cincinnati, Ohio/King’s) played all 90 minutes in net for the Generals, posting two saves.

Sampson also played the duration in goal for Christopher Newport, notching five saves. The Captains also received a fine defensive save from junior midfielder Megan Conheeney (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood).

Washington and Lee advances to the second round on Sunday, when it will face Lynchburg College in a 1:00 pm contest.