Rochè’s winner caps largest comeback in 16 years

Emily Roche'

LEXINGTON, Va. – With three goals in a seven-minute span in the second half, the Washington and Lee women's soccer team overcame a two-goal halftime deficit to defeat Salisbury, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon.

The win marked the first time that the Generals overcame a two-goal deficit to win since defeating Roanoke, 4-3, on Oct. 12, 2002.

With the game tied at two goals apiece, the Generals (2-1-1) were awarded a corner kick in the 68th minute. Junior defender Emily Roche' (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) lined up her cross and sent the ball high into the middle of the goalbox. The in-swinging cross bent to the left and to the back post and, before the Sea Gulls' keeper could readjust, the ball had reached the back of the net for the go-ahead goal.
 
The Generals entered the second half trailing by a 2-0 score but continued to apply pressure on the Salisbury (1-4) defense as they did throughout the first half. In the 61st minute, sophomore forward Sydney von Rosenberg (Boerne, Texas/Boerne-Samuel V. Champion) was fouled inside the goalbox and earned a penalty kick. Just as she did a day prior against Franklin & Marshall, senior midfielder Megan Engeland (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) stepped up and found room in the bottom left corner of the frame to get the Generals on the board.
 
Just two minutes later, another offensive chance was created when first-year forward Madeleine Becker (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) sent a long pass from midfield and inside the 18. Von Rosenberg chased down the pass and fired a shot past the diving goalkeeper inside the near post to tie the game.
 
The Sea Gulls got on the board early in the contest when first-year midfielder Kara Schmidt curled in a free kick from about 30 yards out for the game's opening tally just 4:28 into the game. In the 41st minute, first-year forward Dakota Campbell swung for a shot from close range but mistimed her kick. The ball ended up on the foot of junior midfielder Emma Faust who finished off the play with the team's second score to go up 2-0 before the halftime break.
 
Engeland paced the W&L offense with a game-high six shots, four on goal, and extended her streak of games with a point to open the season to four. In addition, her penalty-kick goal gave her 29 in her career which moves her into a tie with Allie Espina '11 for 10th on the program's all-time goals list.
 
Von Rosenberg came in next with four shots in the game and created numerous chances for the Generals' offense throughout the match. Junior defender Laney Smith (Mountain Brook, Ala./Mountain Brook) also got in on the action with a pair of shots in the contest. In total, eight different W&L players combined for 17 shots.
 
First-year goalkeeper Grace Coombs (Boca Raton, Fla./Saint Andrews School) (2-1-1) made three saves in the game, including a diving one-handed save in the 73rd minute to preserve the 3-2 lead.
 
For the Sea Gulls, first-year midfielder Ally Goetz tallied four shots, one on target, and was the only player on the team with multiple shots. First-year goalkeeper Regan Benton (1-4) took the loss after making three saves on six shots in 90 minutes of action.
 
W&L outshot Salisbury by a 17-10 margin, including 9-4 in the second half, and won the corner kick battle, 8-6, which was helped by a 5-1 edge in the second half.
 
The Generals will return to play on Saturday for a home game against Pfeiffer scheduled for a 2:30 pm kick-off.

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