VIRGINIA BEACH -- Three goals in a span of less than four minutes in the second half helped lift Virginia Wesleyan College's women's soccer team to a 7-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory over Randolph-Macon College's Yellow Jackets in the regular season finale for both teams Tuesday.
The victory on Foster Field at the Trinder Center clinched the No. 2 seed in the upcoming ODAC tournament for the No. 16 ranked Marlins, who improved to 16-2 overall and to 9-2 in the league. Randolph-Macon dropped to 7-8-1 and 5-6 and will return to Virginia Beach to face the Marlins again in the quarterfinal round of the tournament, which begins Saturday, Oct. 29, at a time to be announced.
After riding a 1-0 lead through the first half on a goal scored by rookie Sarah Nickle (Pennsville, N.J./Memorial) off an assist from rookieCaitlyn Bishop (Virginia Beach/Princess Anne), the Marlins stepped things up in the second half.
It started eight minutes into the half when juniorChristina Fernandes (Tinton Falls, N.J./Tinton Falls) scored off a pass from Bre Ingargiola (Bayport, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point) in the 54th minute. A little more than a minute later, junior Jessica Edelman (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional) put the ball into the net, with Danielle Stephens (Round Hill, Va./Purcellville Loudoun Valley) netting the assist. Two minutes after that it was a 4-0 lead as Angel Horowitz (Bushkill, Pa./East Stroudsburg North) followed a rebound after a Fernandes shot and ripped it back into the net.
The Marlins continued to work the ball well against the Jackets and tacked on two more goals in 69 seconds as Bishop and Nickle scored in the 66th and 67th minutes, respectively. Bishop capped the scoring with a shot from 10 yards out into the middle of the goal in the 87th minute.
Virginia Wesleyan's defense, which recorded its 13th shutout of the season and its ninth straight shutout against R-MC, limited the Jackets to just one shot in the second. The Marlins connected for 21 and finished with a 31-5 advantage in shots and a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
Briana Housekeeper (Nottingham, Pa./Solanco) protected the goal for the first 57:13 for R-MC and recorded six saves. Cecilia Quinonez (Arlington, Va./Wakefield) finished and produced five saves.