Cunningham Wins No. 250 as W&L Downs Greensboro, 2-0

Neil Cunningham

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's soccer team won its season-opener for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons, producing a 2-0 victory over Greensboro College in the W&L Tournament on Friday afternoon at Watt Field.

The win was the 250th at W&L for Head Coach Neil Cunningham, who is now 250-63-31 (.772) across his 19 seasons with the Generals.  He also carries a 312-93-35 (.749) career record while coaching at W&L and Savannah College of Art & Design.

Against the Pride (0-1) on Friday, the Generals (1-0) controlled possession and held a 12-1 advantage in shots across the opening 45 minutes of play.  However, Greensboro junior goalkeeper Kelsey Emrich kept W&L at bay by producing eight saves in the first half.

It didn't take long for the Blue & White to break through in the second stanza, taking a 1-0 lead exactly four minutes into the second half off the foot of sophomore defender Chloe Rapier (Chandler, Ariz. / Hamilton).  First-year defender Annie Martin (Martinsburg, W.Va. / Martinsburg) won possession of the ball at the top of the Generals' offensive third and played a ball to sophomore forward Emily Leding (Little Rock, Ark. / Pulaski Academy) at the center top of the box.  Leding turned the ball towards goal, deflecting it off a defender and finding Rapier who sent a low shot into the middle of the net.

W&L tallied again in the 61st minute on a goal by junior forward Sydney von Rosenberg (Boerne, Texas / Boerne-Samuel V. Champion).  The Generals won possession of a goal kick from Emrich in the middle of the field, and Leding once again touched the ball forward into the box.  Von Rosenberg beat the defense to the ball and sent a shot just under the crossbar on the right side of goal from 12 yards out for a 2-0 lead.

The Generals finished with a 22-3 advantage in shots, with 12 of W&L's shots being placed on goal.  W&L also held a 9-0 edge in corner kicks.

Sophomore Grace Coombs (Boca Raton, Fla. / Saint Andrews School) played all 90 minutes in goal and earned the shutout without facing a shot on goal.  Emrich finished with 10 saves overall.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Denison for a 2:30 pm contest in the second day of the W&L Tournament. 

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