Generals’ comeback attempt falls short in final minutes

Erin Hoeh

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's soccer team erased a two-goal halftime deficit, but conceded a score in the 89th minute to fall, 3-2, to Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.

With the game tied at 2-2, Virginia Wesleyan (8-3-1, 5-0-1 ODAC) junior forward Marli Hayward found space in the open field and raced towards the goal. From about 25 yards out, Hayward lobbed a shot just over the reach of leaping W&L (6-3-2, 3-2-1 ODAC) first-year goalkeeper Grace Coombs (Boca Raton, Fla./Saint Andrews School) for the game-winning score with just under two minutes to play.

The Generals began the second half trailing by two goals but also began the period up a player after a red card was issued to one of the Marlins' forwards in the first half. Just over two minutes into the new period, junior defender Emily Roche' (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) took a corner kick that was punched out by the Virginia Wesleyan keeper. Sophomore midfielder Erin Hoeh (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga) settled under the ball and hit a one-timed volley into the top-left corner of the goal to put the Generals on the board.

In the 63rd minute, Roche' crossed another corner kick to the back post where senior midfielder Megan Engeland (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) came in and headed the ball back towards the near post. The ball landed on the right foot of sophomore forward Sydney von Rosenberg (Boerne, Texas/Boerne-Samuel V. Champion) who one-timed her shot past the keeper to the low-right corner of the frame.

The Marlins took the initial lead in the 13th minute when sophomore forward Anna Pedicone lobbed a pass across the field to the right post where senior forward Brooke Adamchak volleyed the pass into the top-right corner of the net for the game's opening tally. In the 31st minute, Hayward played a through ball to Pedicone who beat Coombs to her left to give the Marlins a 2-0 lead.

Von Rosenberg and Engeland led the Generals' offense with three shots each and two attempts on goal apiece as well. Engeland's assist on von Rosenberg's 63rd-minute goal was her fourth of the season, extending her single-season career high. The goal for von Rosenberg's was her fifth score of the season, second on the team to Engeland's eight.

Hoeh and sophomore midfielder Allie Smith Miller (Atlanta, Ga./The Westminster Schools) rounded out the multi-shot performers for the Generals, taking two shots each.

The Marlins were led by Pedicone who finished with three shots in the contest, two on goal, while Hayward took two shots.

Coombs (2-2-2) took the loss in goal for the Generals after making two saves in 90 minutes of action. Marlins' junior goalkeeper Tristen Roberts (8-3-1) earned the win, stopping three shots in 90 minutes of work.

For the game, the Generals outshot the Marlins, 13-8, and took 10 corner kicks to just one for Virginia Wesleyan.

The Generals will get back on the pitch on Wednesday when they travel to face No. 24 Lynchburg in a 5:00 pm ODAC showdown.

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