Generals continue hot start with 5-0 win at Meredith

Sophia Roche'

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Washington and Lee women's soccer team scored five first-half goals en route to a 5-0 win at Meredith on Saturday afternoon.

The win propels the Generals to 6-0-1 overall on the season, while the Avenging Angels fall to 1-7 overall.

The Generals scored their first two goals in the 19th minute, just 48 seconds apart, before adding tallies in the 25th, 27th and 33rd minutes to take a 5-0 lead into halftime. W&L finished with a 17-1 first-half shot advantage, and went on to outshoot Meredith 29-3 in the game.

Senior defender Laney Smith (Mountain Brook, Ala./Mountain Brook) and first-year forward Sophia Roche' (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) scored the goals in the 19th minute, and first-year midfielder Grace Wielechowski (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), senior defender Kristen Castle (Gambrills, Md./South River) and senior forward Kelsey Anderson (Alexandria, Va./Episcopal) scored the next three.

Roche' finished the game with a contest-high five shots and added an assist to her line. First-year forward Lindsay White (Greenville, S.C./JL Mann) took four shots and had an assist, with Castle, Wielechowski and sophomore forward Madeleine Becker (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) adding one assist each and combining for eight shots.

For Meredith, first-year forward Morgan Thomas and sophomore defenders Hunter Straub and Anna Bishop each shot once in the game and combined for two shots on goal.

W&L sophomore goalkeeper Grace Coombs (Boca Raton, Fla./Saint Andrews School) (6-0-1) made a pair of saves in 90 minutes of action to notch her fifth shutout of the season. Coombs now has seven shutouts in her career, tied with Sheri Brown '90 for seventh in program history. Coombs also has not allowed a goal over her last 320:14 in net, and holds a 0.31 goals-against average for the season.

The shutout of Meredith also gives W&L six team shutouts through its first seven games of the season, the first such instance since the 2011 team also had six clean sheets through its first seven contests.

Sophomore keeper Miranda Lutz (1-7) suffered the loss in goal for the Avenging Angels, but made 10 saves in 90 minutes, while the defense combined for three saves as well.

For the game, the Generals' defense limited Meredith to just three shots, while the offense had 29 attempts. The Generals also held an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks in the game.

W&L will be back in action on Sunday when they travel to N.C. Wesleyan for a 3:00 pm game.

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