Generals post fifth shutout of the season in 2-0 win over Ferrum

Caroline Peters

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's soccer team posted its second straight shutout win, edging Ferrum 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon in ODAC action.

In just the third minute of the game, senior midfielder Megan Engeland (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) dribbled up the right sideline and got a cross off to the center of the goal box, just before reaching the end line. Waiting under the out-swinging cross was senior forward Caroline Peters (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin School) who put her head on the ball and found room inside the near post for the game's opening tally.

The Generals' (8-4-2, 5-3-1 ODAC) first-half offense was relentless, getting off 23 shots in the first 45 minutes of the game. One of those shots came off the left foot of junior forward Kelsey Anderson (Alexandria, Va./Episcopal) in the 37th minute. After beating a pair of Ferrum defenders close to midfield and making a run up the left sideline, Anderson dribbled inside the 18-yard box and found enough space for a left-footed shot. Her attempt curled around the reach of the keeper and inside the near post for her second goal of the season.

The Panthers (8-4-2, 4-4-1 ODAC) got more aggressive in the second half but the W&L back line was up to the task and prevented any scores as Anderson's late first-half goal capped the scoring in the contest.

With her assist on Peters' third-minute goal, Engeland became one of eight players in program history to reach the 80-point mark in a career. Engeland finished the game with two shots.

Sophomore forward Sydney von Rosenberg (Boerne, Texas/Boerne-Samuel V. Champion) led the Generals with a game-high seven shots and put five on goal. Senior midfielder Danielle Spickard (Valencia, Calif./William S. Hart) and sophomore midfielder Erin Hoeh (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga) put forth solid efforts as well, shooting five times each and combining for five shots on target.

In total, 13 different Generals got a shot off in the game, including 11 with multiple shots and six players with at least three attempts.

The Panthers were paced by junior forward Payton Stuart who shot three times and put all three attempts on goal. Junior goalkeeper Taylor Dodson (8-4-2) took the loss after playing all 90 minutes in net for the Panthers, but made 15 saves in the process.

W&L first-year goalkeeper Grace Coombs (Boca Raton, Fla./Saint Andrews School) (3-3-2) got the win after making four saves in 90 minutes of work, with all her saves coming in the second half. Her biggest save of the game came in the 54th minute when she saved a Ferrum penalty kick to preserve her second shutout of the season.

For the game, the Generals outshot the Panthers, 38-5, including a 23-0 advantage in the first half, and took 13 corners without conceding any.

W&L will close its regular season schedule on Saturday when Eastern Mennonite comes to Watt Field for a 1:00 pm matchup, with Senior Day festivities taking place prior to kick-off.

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