Generals bolt past Lynchburg, 3-0

Grace Coombs

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's soccer team earned its first win over Lynchburg since the 2016 season, as the Generals downed the Hornets, 3-0, in the 2019 ODAC opener on Saturday.

The win propels the Generals' overall record to 8-0-1 and a 1-0 start to the ODAC slate. The Hornets fall to 4-3-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

In addition to the win being the first over Lynchburg since 2016, it was the first home win for the Generals over the Hornets since 2009.

The Generals got on the board in the 12th minute when senior defender Emily Roche' (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) hit an in-swinging corner kick to the center of the box. After bouncing around a crowd of Generals and Hornets, senior defender Laney Smith (Mountain Brook, Ala./Mountain Brook) found enough room for a right-footed shot and put it past the Lynchburg keeper for her second score of the season.

In the 25th minute, first-year Sophia Roche' (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) gathered a loose ball just outside the 18-yard box and fired a shot. Her attempt flew over the leaping try of the keeper and bounced off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net to give the Generals a 2-0 lead.

W&L added its third and final goal of the game in the 53rd minute when a cross came into the box and was flicked on to the left side by senior defender Kristen Castle (Gambrills, Md./South River). The ball came to the left foot of first-year forward Lindsay White (Greenville, S.C./JL Mann) who rocketed a shot into the back of the net.

White led the offense with a game-high six shots and put two attempts on goal. Sophia Roche' came in next with four goals and also had two on target, and has now scored in five consecutive games for the Generals. Castle added her third assist of the season on White's goal.

The Hornets were led on offense by junior forward Emma Hiett, who finished the contest with three shots and put one on goal. Senior defender Sarah Barnes added two shots and one attempt on goal.

Sophomore goalkeeper Grace Coombs (Boca Raton, Fla./Saint Andrews School) (8-0-1) made three saves in 86:06 of action to notch her sixth shutout of the season. Her six shutouts this season are already tied for the ninth most in a season in program history, while she now has eight in her career, which is good for the seventh most all-time.

For the Hornets, senior keeper Caitlin Dorsch (4-3-1) stopped three shots and played all 86:06 in net.

For the game, the Generals held a 16-9 shot advantage and put six shots on goal to three from the Hornets. W&L also earned four corner kicks and conceded just one.

The Generals will be back in action on Saturday when they host Emory & Henry in a 12:00 pm ODAC battle.

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