LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's soccer team put up four second-half goals to power its way past Franklin & Marshall on the first day of the W&L Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
Despite going scoreless in the first half, the Generals (1-1-1) outshot the Diplomats (0-2-1), 10-1, with two shots on goal to none for Franklin & Marshall.
The Generals got on the board in the 54th minute when senior midfielder Megan Engeland (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) took a penalty kick and beat the diving keeper for the game's first score. Just six minutes later, junior defender Emily Roche' (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) took a corner kick and crossed the ball into the middle of the goal box. Sophomore forward Sydney von Rosenberg (Boerne, Texas/Boerne-Samuel V. Champion) headed the ball down to junior midfielder Laney Smith's (Mountain Brook, Ala./Mountain Brook) foot who tapped the ball into the net to double the W&L lead.
In the 77th minute, junior forward Kelsey Anderson (Alexandria, Va./Episcopal) stepped up to take her third corner kick in a 90-second span and curled the ball inside the near post off the goalkeeper's outstretched hands for her first goal of the season. The scoring in the game was capped off by sophomore defender Meredith Culhane (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) who was the recipient of a Roche' corner cross. The ball landed on Culhane's foot and she beat the keeper inside the right post for the fourth W&L goal.
Engeland led the charge on offense with a game-high six shots in scoring her first goal of the season. She is the only General with at least one point in each of the team's first three games this season.
Anderson's goal came on one of her three shots in the game as 11 different Generals took a shot in the contest, including four with multiple shots.
First-year goalkeeper Grace Coombs (Boca Raton, Fla./Saint Andrews School) (1-1-1) earned her first career win after making two saves in 90 minutes of action.
Sophomore midfielders Kirsten Heine and Sarah Laterza, along with first-year midfielder Sarah Marsan, totaled the three Diplomat shots in the game and sophomore goalkeepers Gabby Panayotakis (0-2-1) took the loss in net. Panayotakis made a pair of saves in 80:27 of action before being relieved by sophomore goalkeeper Tara Hessenthaler who made one save over the final 9:33.
For the game, the Generals outshot the Diplomats, 20-3, taking 10 shots in both halves, and took 12 corner kicks to none from Franklin & Marshall.
The Generals will conclude play in the W&L Invitational on Sunday when they host Salisbury at 2:30 pm.
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