ASHLAND, Va. – Senior Alicia Hsieh (Ellicott City, Md. / Centennial) scored five goals and another six Yellow Jackets scored two or more goals in a season-opening victory over the Frostburg State Bobcats Saturday afternoon in non-conference action at Day Field. After swapping goals for much of the first half, R-MC (1-0) turned the engines on at the end of the first half and for much of the second half, scoring five unanswered to close the opening period and four in a row twice throughout the second.
Junior Hannah Jones (Chestertown, Md. / Kent County) opened the game with a pair of goals at 27:58 and 26:54, of which the first was assisted by freshman Bella Samper (Spring, Texas / Klein Oak) and the second was on a free position. After FSU (0-1) answered and tacked on one of their own to take the lead, junior Rachel Jones (Chestertown, Md. / Kent County) took a pass from Samper into the goal to tie the game at 3-3. FSU added another goal with 21:03 to go before Hsieh scored her first of the afternoon with 18:02 to go in the first period, tying the game at four apiece.
FSU took a two goal advantage, with the second of the two coming with 12:35 in the first. Hsieh did not take long to answer. Second later, she took a free position shot into the net. Rachel Jones responded in her own way with the equalizer a few minutes later, as with 9:01 to go in the period, she scored on an unassisted play.
The Bobcats were able to get back up by two, pushing the score to 8-6 before Hsieh responded again. She ripped off two goals within ten seconds of each other – first on a free position shot and then on the following draw control. R-MC held the draw control advantage in the first half 11-8 and Hsieh tallied seven for the whole game.
Hsieh's goals were the start of a 5-0 run to close the half, with sophomore Mary Castle (Annapolis, Md. / Annapolis) sticking the ball into the net with 5:50 to go and Samper finished the period out with two goals within 20 seconds of each other at 4:34 and 4:15. The goals were assisted by junior Saunders Riley (Summerfield, N.C. / Northern Guilford) and fellow freshman Kaylyn Hewes (Linthicum, Md. / North County) respectively. Castle's goal would be the one that put R-MC up for good for the remainder of the game. R-MC held the halftime advantage by three, 11-8.
Frostburg State did keep the second half close early. The Bobcats started the period out with a pair of goals to bring them back within one. Hewes answered for R-MC on a free position shot with 18:13 remaining to give R-MC a bit more breathing room. But FSU did not go away; the Bobcats scored again, bringing the R-MC lead to just a single goal again.
Randolph-Macon ended those hopes quickly. Sophomore Julia Bain (Nokesville, Va. / Patriot) fired off two goals within 15 seconds of one another at 15:24 and 15:13 respectively. Sophomore Jordan Dudley scored seconds after Bain's pair when Bain passed her the ball near the net and Dudley converted the play. Riley ended the rash for R-MC with a goal at 13:06 in the half to put R-MC up 16-11.
After an FSU score, Hsieh found the net again with 11:25 to go in the period on a free position shot. FSU scored with 9:30 to go, putting the score at 17-13 in favor of the Yellow Jackets; but the Bobcat goal kicked off another rash of four for R-MC. Castle hit the net seconds after the Bobcats' score. Rachel Jones converted a free position opportunity with 6:42 to go in the half and Saunders followed 22 seconds later with a goal of her own. R-MC closed the scoring down at 3:18 left in the second half as freshman Taylor Sheppard (Queenstown, Md. / Queen Anne's County) scored on a pass from Bain to finalize the R-MC line at 21. FSU got a final goal with :28 to arrive at the final score 21-14.
R-MC converted a total of six free position shots into goals out of the 12 offered compared to 3-9 for FSU. R-MC held the overall draw control advantage 22-14.
Sophomore Elicia Wells (Richmond, Va. / Trinity) got the win in goal while making 11 saves on the day. Hsieh was also critical defensively, grabbing five ground balls and forcing a turnover. Junior Olivia Mott (Dayton, Md. / River Hill) was the biggest defensive problem for the Bobcats, causing three turnovers and picking up three ground balls.
Randolph-Macon next travels to Fredericksburg to take on Mary Washington at 3:30 PM on Wednesday.