LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's soccer team conceded an early second-half goal which proved to be the difference as the Generals fell to No. 24 Lynchburg, 1-0, on Wednesday evening.
W&L (6-4-2, 3-3-1 ODAC) suffered just its first shutout loss of the season and it was the first time the Generals were blanked since dropping a 3-0 decision to Lynchburg on Oct. 7 of last season.
The Hornets (13-2-1, 5-1-1 ODAC) scored the lone goal of the game in the 47th minute when senior forward Caitlin Mertens scored off an assist from senior midfielder Kennedy Jakubek.
The Generals had some solid opportunities to score throughout the game, including a chance in the 36th minute that was started by first-year defender Chloe Rapier (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton). Rapier dribbled past a defender on a run down the right sideline and inside the 18-yard box. Just before getting to the endline, Rapier sent a low pass across the goal to senior forward Caroline Peters (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin School). Peters settled the pass but shot just wide of the frame.
W&L also saw a scoring opportunity in the 86th minute when Rapier passed from the right side into the center of the field for sophomore forward Sydney von Rosenberg (Boerne, Texas/Boerne-Samuel V. Champion). Von Rosenberg trapped the ball but a defender closed quickly and blocked her shot. The blocked shot resulted in a corner, but Lynchburg quickly cleared the ball.
Peters paced the W&L offense with five shots in the game and put four of her attempts on goal. Von Rosenberg followed with four shots, one on target, while senior midfielder Danielle Spickard (Valencia, Calif./William S. Hart) tallied three shots.
Lynchburg senior forward Hannah Olds paced the Hornets' offense with five shots in the game, three on goal, followed by Mertens with four and Jakubek with three.
W&L first-year goalkeeper Grace Coombs (Boca Raton, Fla./Saint Andrews School) (2-3-2) took the loss for the Generals. She tied her season high of 12 saves in her 90 minutes in net, one of which was a diving save to the top right corner in the 41st minute to preserve the scoreless tie at the time. Senior goalkeeper Delia LoSapio (13-2-1) earned the win after stopping all six shots on goal from W&L.
For the game, the Hornets edged the Generals in total shots, 19-15, but the teams were even at the half with 10 shots apiece. Corner kicks were also tight, with W&L holding a 7-6 advantage, including 3-0 in the second half.
The Generals will return to action on Saturday when they wrap up their 2018 road slate with a 2:00 pm kick-off at Hollins.
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