FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Two late goals cut the Washington and Lee women's soccer team's lead to a single goal, but the Generals were able to hang on for the 3-2 win over Mary Washington on the first day of the UMW Classic.
The scoring began in the 22nd minute when the Generals (2-0-1) had the ball deep in the Eagles' (1-2) defensive zone. Sophomore forward Emily Leding (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski Academy) found enough space to get off a centering cross and the ball got to first-year midfielder Grace Wielechowski (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) in the box. Wielechowski then finished the chance for her first career goal, beating the keeper to the inside of the right post.
Just three minutes later, Wielechowski challenged a Mary Washington midfielder at mid-field and stole the ball. After two touches up the field, Wielechowski sent a long pass through the defense to junior forward Sydney von Rosenberg (Boerne, Texas/Boerne-Samuel V. Champion), who got behind the defense. With a one-on-one opportunity against the Eagles' keeper, von Rosenberg scored with ease to double the Generals' lead.
In the 53rd minute, junior midfielder Erin Hoeh (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga) fought off a couple defenders and fired a left-footed shot from the top of the 18-yard box. The shot was saved, but the ball still had enough momentum to trickle across the goal line, giving W&L a 3-0 lead.
The Eagles went down fighting, however, scoring goals in the 65th and 89th minutes to bring their deficit back down to one. But the Generals' defense held off the Eagles' attack over the final 1:42 to preserve the win.
For the Generals, von Rosenberg led the way with a game-high four shots and put three on goal. Wielechowski finished with three points on her first-half goal and assist, as she and Leding shot three times and put two attempts on goal.
Senior midfielder Brielle Mitchell and junior midfielder Anna Longacher scored the two goals for the Eagles, combining for five shots and four on goal. Sophomore midfielder Lindsey Hendrickson also had a strong game with three shots.
W&L sophomore goalkeeper Grace Coombs (Boca Raton, Fla./Saint Andrews School) (2-0-1) played all 90 minutes in goal and made four saves to earn the win. Mary Washington sophomore keeper Allison Nork (1-2) took the loss, making four saves in 60:11 of action. First-year goalkeeper Aly Holden relieved Nork and played the rest of the game, making two saves.
For the game, the Generals outshot the Eagles, 13-11, and earned four corner kicks to three for Mary Washington.
The Generals will return to action on Sunday when they take on No. 24 Rowan at 12:30pm to close out the UMW Classic.
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