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Lynchburg Defeats Women’s Soccer In ODAC Semifinals

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BRIDGEWATER, Va. – No. 2 Randolph-Macon women's soccer suffered a 5-1 loss to No. 3 Lynchburg Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Basics

Score: Lynchburg 5, Randolph-Macon 1

Location/Venue: Bridgewater, Va./BC Soccer Field

Records: Lynchburg (17-2-2), Randolph-Macon (11-2-3)

How It Happened

  • Randolph-Macon got a pair of opportunities early as junior Gabby Nelson (Clover, Va. / Halifax County) took a pair of shots in the first ten minutes, but the first was blocked and the other sailed wide.
  • Sophomore Casey Kent (Fairfax, Va. / Fairfax) also got a good look at goal, sending a shot in that sent Lynchburg's keeper to work as the net minder made the save.
  • Lynchburg opened the scoring with a goal at the 30-minute mark. Hannah Olds got a pass from Caitlin Mertens sending LYN up 1-0.
  • Lynchburg got a trio of shots about twelve minutes into the second half. At the 55:40 mark, Mertens scored her 24th goal of the season. Then three minutes later, Olds scored a second goal of the goal, followed about a minute and a half later by a goal by Mertens. Lynchburg advanced the lead to 4-0.
  • At the 61-minute mark, Randolph-Macon began to answer. Freshman Bonita Soliday (Gettysburg, Pa. / Gettysburg) sent a shot in that landed in the net, cutting the LYN lead to three. It marked Soliday's sixth goal of the season.
  • Lynchburg added one more goal in the 71st minute to close the final score at 5-1.

Inside The Numbers

  • Nelson led the Yellow Jackets with three shots. Kent added two as well, with both of hers landing on goal. Senior Maddie Burns (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) added a shot on goal in the match as well.
  • Lynchburg held the 22-7 advantage in shots.
  • Freshman Edye Carr (Clinton, N.C. / Clinton) made eight saves in her 65:43 of work. Junior Christina Newman (Virginia Beach, Va. / Kempsville) also spent some time on goal in the match.  

Other Notes

  • The Yellow Jackets earned a berth in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference semifinals for the first time since 2000.
  • As a regionally-ranked squad, Randolph-Macon will keep an eye on the NCAA Tournament for a potential at-large spot, however the winner of tomorrow's ODAC Championship match will receive the ODAC's automatic bid. That match is between No. 3 Lynchburg and No. 4 Virginia Wesleyan. The Marlins defeated No. 1 Bridgewater earlier in the day 1-0.