LEXINGTON, Va. – Three first-half goals highlighted the Washington and Lee women's soccer team's 3-0 Senior Day win over Eastern Mennonite on Saturday afternoon at Watt Field.
The first goal of the game came in the 25th minute when senior midfielder Megan Engeland (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) got a low cross off from inside the 18-yard box. The ball went right to senior forward Caroline Peters (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin School) who needed just a single touch to finish the chance for her fourth goal of the season.
Seven minutes later, junior forward Kelsey Anderson (Alexandria, Va./Episcopal) made a run up the left sideline and cut in to make a run into the goal box. Just before reaching the endline, Anderson found sophomore forward Sydney von Rosenberg (Boerne, Texas/Boerne-Samuel V. Champion) in the middle and von Rosenberg shot from about 10 yards out for her eighth goal of the season. Von Rosenberg added another goal in the 37th minute when she kicked in a saved shot taken by Engeland as the Eastern Mennonite keeper was unable to corral the shot.
The Generals' (9-4-2, 6-3-1 ODAC) defensive unit played tough for all 90 minutes, allowing just five shots in the game and yielding one shot on goal to post the team's third straight shutout.
Engeland led the team with a game-high five shots, four on goal, and finished with a pair of assists in the contest, her first multi-assist game of the season. Von Rosenberg's two goals marked her third multi-goal game of the season and her second in the last three games as she and Engeland are now tied for the team lead in goals for the season (9).
Peters shot three times, with her goal being her only shot on net, while Anderson shot once and posted her first assist of the season.
For the Royals (6-8, 4-6 ODAC) five different players shot once to record the teams' five shot attempts in the contest. Junior goalkeeper Leah Wenger (6-8) took the loss after making 13 saves in 90 minutes of work.
First-year keeper Grace Coombs (Boca Raton, Fla./Saint Andrews School) and junior keeper Leeann Passaro (Upper Saddle River, N.J./The Lawrenceville School) split time in goal for W&L, with Coombs starting and playing the first half, followed by Passaro for the second half. Only one of EMU's five shots found the frame, but Passaro was there for the stop to keep the Royals off the board.
For the game, the Generals totaled 12 shots in both halves and took 12 corner kicks in the game, six in each half, while conceding one first-half corner opportunity to the Royals.
W&L has clinched the No. 6-seed for the ODAC Championship Tournament this season and will travel to face No. 3-seed Lynchburg in the ODAC quarterfinals on Wednesday at 6:00 pm.
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