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Quirk Stands Tall in Net for WildCats against Generals

For immediate release – 10/1/2016 - #064
Quirk Stands Tall in Net for WildCats against Generals

LEXINGTON, VA – The Randolph College women's soccer team traveled to Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foe Washington and Lee University on Saturday, falling 5-0.  Despite the final score, goalkeeper Stephanie Quirk had a big day for the WildCats.

The hosts attempted to take the lead early on in the game, but Quirk and the rest of the backline – Taylor Gamble, Natalia Tomlin, Erin McClelland, and Missy Hussey – did a solid job of defending and keeping them out.  Quirk made three early stops, keeping the Generals off the scoreboard.  However, in the 18th minute, W&L opened their lead as Tricia Jessee tallied off of a Caroline Peters cross.

Over the remainder of the half, Quirk and the defense continued to stop the advances of Washington and Lee.  But despite eight more saves by Quirk, the Generals added two more to their tally, notching the score at 3-0 entering the half.  Alissa Gembach had a good attempt on goal early in the stanza, but it was stopped by Quirk's counterpart.

The Generals made it 4-0 soon after the intermission.  Both teams battled for the ball in the box, but Chandler Wickers found it and slotted it home, just one minute in.  However, Quirk continued to shine and held back several more attempts.  She made six saves over the next 20 minutes.  But the hosts attack came and added another in the 71st minute to seal the 5-0 lead.  The goalkeeper was called upon twice more, and answered the call keeping the score at 5-0.

Quirk's 18 stops was a season-high for the junior netminder.  It was also a season-high for any WildCat goalie.  Katie Pettit, Sydney Abrisz, and Sara Spain tallied the other three goals for W&L (6-3 overall, 2-1 ODAC).

Randolph (0-6-1, 0-2) will return home for the next three games.  The first will come Wednesday evening against Shenandoah University (8-2, 2-0).  Kickoff against the Hornets is set for 5 p.m.