For Immediate Release – 10/19/16 - #091
WildCats Take Down R-MC for First Time
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College women's soccer team put on a spirited display on Wednesday night. The team played Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) rival Randolph-Macon College, and took down the Yellow Jackets 1-0 after a blast by Erin McClelland. It was also the first time that WildCats have beaten R-MC in the history of the program.
The game started with both teams getting early attempts. However, Quinn-Lynn Bates was there to stop the first shot, as she would be all night. Next up, it would be Christina Newman's opportunity to make two saves, as Hunter Robinson and Patricia Garrett each sent shots her way.
Both teams continued to attack over the remainder of the half but most of the shots went wide. It was also in part due to Bates, who did a great job of coming off her line and stopping any potential push. The Yellow Jackets got one late chance in the half. Lexi Mallory ran up the right side and sent a cross into Hannah Harris, but she tapped it over the crossbar. Both goalkeepers would be called on to make additional saves over the final minutes, and they would do so as the half ended in zeros.
R-MC came out of the intermission aggressively, putting several shots wide of the net. However, the 'Cats had some of the most dangerous opportunities. In the 56th minute, Hannah Overstreet sent a through ball to Delaney Doyle. Doyle got behind the defenders but it was just out of reach, as Newman picked it up.
It would not be long before Randolph got on the board though. Near the end of the 64th minute, Robinson ran down the right side of the field and got pulled down. The ref whistled for the foul 10 yards outside of the box. McClelland stepped up and copied herself from Monday. This time, the goalie stopped the ball after it was over the line, and could only continue pushing the ball into the net, sending the WildCats into jubilation.
After falling down a goal, the Yellow Jackets pushed ahead even more. But the play of Bates and the backline was terrific. Bates came off her line to take the ball away from Mallory in the 70th minute preventing a shot. Natalia Tomlin, McClelland, Taylor Gamble, Madeline Davis, and Missy Hussey also helped out in key situations.
Randolph-Macon continued its pressure as the clock continued to wind down. Bates made another late save, but that stat was overshadowed by something that will not be in the box score. Harris almost got on a ball in the box, but Bates rushed off the line and grabbed it before Harris could shoot.
R-MC then earned a few late corner kicks, but would not capitalize, as the game ended, giving Randolph its first win ever in the rivalry.
Bates made four saves, but played much larger in the victory. The WildCats did not earn a corner kick, but it was not needed for the victory over the Yellow Jackets (4-6-3 overall, 3-3-1 ODAC).
Randolph (4-8-1, 4-4) will head on the road for its final three games of the season. It kicks off the trip at Roanoke College (7-5-2, 5-2) in a key match on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.
Not to get away from the importance of the win, but the women's soccer team kicked off the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee led initiative. Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer has each team wearing yellow shoelaces. Part of the funds of the shoelaces are donated to local hospitals to support families battling the disease. For more info or to donate, go to http://www.go4thegoal.org/laceup.html.