DANVILLE, Va.- Randolph got on the board first but host Averett scored six straight to build a lead it would not relinquish as the Cougars defeated the WildCats 14-5 on Saturday afternoon. The 'Cats drop to 0-2 while the Cougars improve to 2-4.
The Wildcats won the opening draw control and moved quickly into the offensive zone. Just over a minute into the contest, Tyra Cobb-Davis (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) was able to feed to Hannah Bradley (Wye Mills, Md./Saints Peter and Paul) who was able to deposit the ball into the back of the net to put Randolph ahead 1-0.
Randolph starting goalkeeper Chrissy Shackleford (Warrenton, Va./Kettle Run) stonewalled Averett's Elizabeth Peasley on the Cougars first shot of the game. Peasley was able to get through at 25:34 to even the game up. Averett then went ahead 33 seconds later on a goal by Shayla Johnson.
Averett would get four more scores to take a 6-1 lead with just over 11 minutes left in the half. Randolph forced a Cougar turnover and was able to gain movement into the offensive side. Rachel Buxton (Sterling, Va.) scored her first career goal with 6:20 remaining in the half to get the score to 6-2. After Averett tallied two scores to go up 8-2, Sarah Perry (Rocky Mount, Va./Franklin County) snuck one in with 14 ticks left to make the score 8-3 at halftime.
The Cougars put the score at 9-3 a little over two minutes into the second half and it would remain that way for almost 12 minutes of game time. The WildCat defense was able to hold firm as it caused four turnovers and Shackleford came up with seven saves. The 'Cats scored at 16:02 on a Nicole Dorton (Alexandria, Va./J.E.B. Stuart) pass to Dana Cavallo (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) to make it 9-4. That would be as close as the WildCats could get as Averett scored five more times to break the game open.
Scoring was spread across five different players. Buxton, Perry, Bradley, Cavallo, and Dorton all scored once. Maddie Peters (Salisbury, Md./James M. Bennett) had a team-high six caused turnovers.
Shackleford finished with 20 saves, which was a career-high and the most in a game since Samantha Fagone had 20 in 2014. Shackleford scooped up five groundballs while Shannon McQuaid (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) and Teagan Stanley (Lusby, Md./) had four and Peters had three.
Randolph returns to WildCat Stadium on Wednesday as it hosts Wartburg. Game time is at 3:00 p.m.