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Randolph Comes Up Short in ODAC Finale

Doyle breaking down the defense
Doyle breaking down the defense

For Immediate Release – 10/25/16 - #098
Randolph Comes Up Short in ODAC Finale

HARRISONBURG, VA – The Randolph College women's soccer team traveled to Eastern Mennonite University on Tuesday, playing in its final Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) regular season matchup of the year.  The WildCats fought to the end, but came up short, falling 2-1 to the Royals.

It is of important to note right away, that despite the loss, the 'Cats will still be going to the ODAC tournament.  However, with the loss, there is no longer a chance to host a play-in game.

It was a very even game throughout the 90 minutes.  Hunter Robinson opened the game with a chance on goal, but it was stopped by Leah Wenger.  Randolph had another opportunity shortly after, but could not convert on an Erin McClelland corner.  It was shortly after, in the 17th minute, that EMU took the lead.  Emily Hostetler shot the ball towards goal and it ricocheted off a post and over the line.

The 'Cats came back on the offensive looking to equalize.  Robinson and Megan Kruse had good looks, but both missed the frame.  Eastern Mennonite responded with its own opportunities, however, Quinn-Lynn Bates was there to stop them.  The final five minutes of the first stanza saw Randolph put several more attempts near goal, with Natalia Tomlin and Delaney Doyle getting the best looks.  Tomlin had a header blocked, and Doyle was stopped by Wenger, as the score would be 1-0 at the half.

The Royals started the second quickly, pushing forward into the attacking zone.  The hosts capitalized on their second corner of the half inside six minutes in.  Mikaela Zook got on a ball in the middle of traffic and doubled the lead.

Both teams traded chances over the next 10 minutes, with Bates standing tall on all three shots she faced.  Then, in the 67th minute, the 'Cats pulled one back.  Patricia Garrett sent a through ball to Doyle, who fired it off the post and into the back of the net for her fifth tally of the year. 

The WildCats pushed forward over the final 20 minutes of the game and had several opportunities.  Hannah Overstreet was stopped in her attempt and the team could not convert on two separate corners, as the Royals sealed the win.

Bates made five saves in the game, while the 'Cats outshot their opponents.  Wenger finished with three stops in net for Eastern Mennonite (8-8-1 overall, 4-5 ODAC).

Randolph (4-10-1, 4-6) concludes its regular season on the road on Saturday.  The WildCats will travel down to Charlotte to take on Johnson & Wales University (7-8), with kickoff coming at noon.