VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University women's soccer narrowly fell, 1-0, to No. 4 Christopher Newport University in double overtime Tuesday night at the Trinder Center. With the loss, the Marlins slide to 2-1 on the year while the Captains remain unbeaten (3-0).
The game was played defensively for a majority of the time, with the teams only combining for 12 shots on goal throughout the entire 105 minutes. Things did start to get interesting at the end of regulation though as CNU nearly put home a pair of goals. A Captain shot from nearly 40-yards out floated in towards the top right corner of the goal. Marlin keeper Tristen Roberts reached out to deflect it into the crossbar, where it shot straight down. She was then able to pounce on it before the ball rolled in. Minutes later, the Captains thought they scored again, but a crafty offsides trap laid by the defense nullified that score.
With under a minute to go in the second half came perhaps the best chance for the home side. Reina Araujo made a nice move to cut into the top of the box and curled a ball on net, but the CNU keeper was able to deny the chance.
After a scoreless first overtime period, the Captains were able to notch the game-winner with just 4:41 left on the clock.
Despite the loss, Roberts made six saves on the evening.
Women's soccer returns to action again at 7 p.m. on Friday as the team will take on Dickinson College in the opening day of the Christopher Newport Tournament played in Newport News, Va.