LYNCHBURG, Va.- Visiting Averett scored with just under two minutes remaining in the second half as the Cougars held off the Randolph women's soccer team 2-1 on Wednesday night at WildCats Stadium. The Cougars improve to 2-1-1 while the WildCats fall to 1-2-1.
Randolph got a couple of shots on goal in the 16th and 19th minutes but both were saved by Averett goalkeeper Bailee Brown. The Cougars took the lead in the 27th minute as Amanda Gustavsson fired a shot from the right side of the net and into the opposite end past WildCat goalie Quinn-Lynn Bates (Culpepper, Va./Culpepper County).
In the second half, Averett had consecutive corner kicks early on but could not take advantage. In the 62nd minute, the WildCats started to infiltrate the Cougar zone. Randolph was granted three straight corner kicks and made good on the third as Patricia Garrett's (Appomattox, Va./Appomattox County) attempt landed in front of Hunter Robinson (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River/Slidell) who angled the ball into the goal to tie the contest at 1-1.
Both defenses were able to stop the other's offense with Bates and Brown picking up two saves each. The game seemed destined to go into overtime but in the 89th minute, Averett's T'era Brown took a shot that hit Gustavsson in the back. Gustavsson collected the ball and was able to tuck a shot into the left corner for the game-winner.
Randolph had a 14-7 advantage in shots with a 9-6 lead on goal. Corner kicks were in the WildCats' favor 7-6. Both teams had four fouls each.
The WildCats travel to High Point, N.C. to face John Wesley University on Saturday. Game time will be at 1:00 p.m.