FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Sophomore forward Emily Leding (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski Academy) sealed a 1-0 overtime win for the Washington and Lee women's soccer team over No. 24 Rowan with a goal three and a half minutes into the extra period on Sunday afternoon.
After 90 minutes of regulation yielded no winner, the Generals (3-0-1) ceased control of the overtime period with constant pressure on the Rowan (3-1) defense.
With 6:28 remaining in the first overtime, first-year midfielder Grace Wielechowski (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) got the ball to junior forward Sydney von Rosenberg (Boerne, Texas/Boerne-Samuel V. Champion) in the attacking half. Von Rosenberg then found Leding who fired a shot to the far post, beating the Profs' keeper to clinch the game.
Von Rosenberg led the Generals' offense with five shots on the day, including three on goal. Leding's overtime winner was her first goal of the season, as she finished the contest with four shots.
The Generals' defense played a major part in recording the shutout, limiting the Profs to just three shots in the game, and just one on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Grace Coombs (Boca Raton, Fla./Saint Andrews School) made the save to keep Rowan off the board in the 71st minute. Coombs played all 93:32 in goal.
Rowan sophomore goalkeeper Bristol Pizzuto (3-1) took the loss, with five saves in 93:32 of action.
For the game, the Generals outshot the Profs, 13-3, and finished with a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal. W&L also earned six corner kicks and conceded just three.
The 3-0-1 start to the season marks the first undefeated four-game start for the Generals since the 2014 team also opened 3-0-1.
The Generals will be back in action on Sunday when they host Sewanee in a 12:00 pm non-conference matchup.
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