ASHLAND, Va. – Senior Jenna Burns (Glen Allen, Va. / Deep Run) sent three passes into the box that eventually ended up in goal as she helped push Randolph-Macon to the second victory of Family Weekend against Salem.
Score: Randolph-Macon 5, Salem 0
Location/Venue: Ashland, Va./R-MC Soccer Field
Records: Randolph-Macon (7-0-1, 3-0-1 ODAC), Salem (5-8-0, 2-1-0 USA South)
How It Happened
- R-MC had the offense flowing early. Burns got a shot in the sixth minute that went wide and sophomore Casey Kent (Fairfax, Va. / Fairfax) also tried a header in but neither found the net. Junior Gabby Nelson (Clover, Va. / Halifax County) also had a chance in the 11th minute, as did fellow sophomore Meghan Skevington (Richmond, Va. / Deep Run) about a minute later.
- Nelson did find the net a few minutes later, as in the 17th minute, she took a pass from Burns to her left side and slotted it into the upper right corner of the goal for R-MC's first score of the game.
- The offense continued for R-MC as Skevington got her chance a few minutes later, as in the 22nd minute, she put the ball into the same place as Nelson did, the upper right corner, after a pass across from Burns.
- Freshman Nicole Czyzewski (Midlothian, Va. / Midlothian) got a few offensive opportunities in a row around the 28th minute with three shots, including one on goal.
- In the 32nd minute, senior Maddie Burns (Glen Allen, Va. / Deep Run) took a corner from Kent and headed it above the Salem keeper into that popular upper right corner, gaining R-MC's third goal of the game and Burns' first goal of the season.
- Junior Christina Newman (Virginia Beach, Va. / Kempsville), who was credited with the win, got her only save of the game with about 40 seconds remaining in the half.
- Czyzewski scored for R-MC in the 67th minute, as she went one-on-one with the Salem goalie and beat her out with a short roller into the lower right netting as Czyzewski approached from the opposite side.
- Freshman Bonita Soliday (Gettysburg, Pa. / Gettysburg) finished R-MC's scoring day with a clear shot into the middle of the net after getting a pass from Burns in the 77th minute.
Inside The Numbers
- Czyzewski led the team on the day with eight shots, three of them coming on goal. She was followed by Nelson, who had five shots and two on goal and Kent, who had four shots, three of them on goal.
- Freshman Edye Carr (Clinton, N.C. / Clinton) also made a save in her half of work.
- Maddie Burns, fellow seniors Lexi Mallory (Charlottesville, Va. / Miller School) and Mary Virginia Kelley (Midlothian, Va. / James River), junior Abbie Winkelmann (Gettysburg, Pa. / Gettysburg Area) and freshmen Kylie Martino (Centreville, Va. / Centreville) and Jules Heuchan (Tallahassee, Fla. / Maclay School) were crucial through the middle and in the defensive third, maintaining pressure outside of the 18-yard box, which in turn preventing Salem from getting any offense going.
- Freshman Erin Lee (Smithfield, Va. / Smithfield) provided spark off the bench, giving R-MC a few chances in the latter stages of both frames, as she used speed to try and set up her teammates for offensive attacks.
- R-MC held the 24-3 shot advantage.
- With the win, R-MC surpasses last year's total for shutouts. The team had six in 2017 and now has seven in 2018, which represent each win.
- The 7-0-1 start is the best start for R-MC Women's Soccer since 1995, when the team went undefeated in the regular season.
- Jenna Burns' three assists is the most for a Yellow Jacket in any one game since Hannah Harris in 2016, when Harris offered three assists in a 9-0 win against Hollins.
Randolph-Macon will face Shenandoah at home on Wednesday at 4:00 PM.