Consistent offense carries VWC to 15-7 win over Sweet Briar
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Rookie Summer Moore and sophomore Brooke Cabeceiras scored the first two goals of Saturday's game against Sweet Briar College and Virginia Wesleyan College never trailed as the Marlins posted a 15-7 Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory on Foster Field at the Trinder Center.
Moore (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island) and Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester) scored within a minute of each other to help start the Marlins toward their second consecutive victory of the season. VWC improves its record to 3-7 overall and to 2-2 in the league, while Sweet Briar drops to 6-5 overall and to 0-4 in the ODAC.
Sam Schwartz (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) and Olivia Hurt (Charlottesville/The Covenant School) sparked the attack for the visiting Vixens, who scored enough to stay close, but never wipe out the deficit.
Schwartz scored with 11:52 remaining in the first half to pull Sweet Briar within a 4-2 score, but that's as close as the Vixens managed to get for the remainder of the game. The Marlins pulled away with two goals by Moore and another by senior Taylor Harding (Norfolk/Norfolk Collegiate) to open up a 7-2 lead.
Sweet Briar outscored Virginia Wesleyan 3-2 in the final 7:19 of the first half, but Virginia Wesleyan posted a 9-5 lead at the break.
Virginia Wesleyan maintained its four goal lead through the first 13 minutes of the second half, but pulled away for good in the final 15:31 scoring four unanswered goals. Cabeceiras and Harding scored one each, as did sophomore Candace Carey (Charlottesville/Albemarle) and senior Nikki Salyers (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park).
Cabeceiras led all scoring, recording a season-high four goals. Salyers and Moore added three goals each. Schwartz led Sweet Briar with three goals.
The Marlins helped their scoring effort by winning 14 draw controls, led for the second consecutive game by rookie Chloe Weinmann (San Marcos, Calif./San Marcos). She won 10 draws, tying the third highest single-game total in VWC history.
Rookie goale Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) helped spark the Marlins' defensive effort by recording 14 saves. Caroline Baker (Virginia Beach/Norfolk Academy) finished with 12 saves for Sweet Briar.
Virginia Wesleyan returns to competition on Wednesday, April 3, traveling to Bridgewater, Virginia, to take on the Eagles of Bridgewater College in and ODAC match beginning at 4 p.m.