Women Soccer ODAC Tournament Preview
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan College women's soccer team looks to build on a successful, ten-win regular season as postseason play begins this week.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament starts this Wednesday as the No. 2 Marlins host No. 7 Randolph-Macon College at 6 p.m.
Both teams met earlier in October and the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Freshman Kasey Booth scored the lone goal for the Yellow Jackets in the first meeting. Freshman Marli Hayward scored for the Marlins.
Taylor Chapman earned four saves in goal for the Marlins while Christina Newman corralled eight saves for the Yellow Jackets. Virginia Wesleyan had many opportunities on the offensive side of the field where the Marlins held a 9-1 corner kick advantage. Both goalies fared well in the contest where defense seemed to be the focal point.
Hayward leads Virginia Wesleyan in goals (9) and points (18) followed by junior Katie Roberts with five scores. The Marlins also have three players who have scored at least three goals: Annie Hartman, Tori Stafford, and Brooke Adamchak. Virginia Wesleyan will look to use the strength of its balanced offense attack to score goals this postseason.
Adamchak, who is currently second on the team in points (12), leads the team with six assists this season. Ryan McCurry has three assists on the season, which is the second most on this underclassmen-dominated Marlins team.
Chapman has 51 saves for the Marlins in her first collegiate season. Chapman's .823 save percentage is sixth-best in the ODAC. The freshman has picked up a tremendous leadership role early on in her career and the Marlins defense will feed off her leadership in postseason play.
The Yellow Jackets look to build off their first round, 1-0, victory over Guilford College on Halloween and use that momentum for the rest of the postseason. Newman has 43 saves on the season and the third-best save percentage (.878) in the ODAC. Although she has only started seven games, her presence in the net cannot be undermined in what could become a defensive battle.
Follow the entire ODAC tournament, with links to stats and video, on the ODAC tournament bracket: ODAC Women's Soccer Tournament Bracket
Other ODAC Quarterfinals
No. 1 Washington and Lee vs. No. 9 Randolph
Washington and Lee defeated the Wildcats 5-0 on an October 1st meeting in Lexington, Va. The Generals scored three or more goals six times this season and they look to use their high powered offense to advance to the semifinals.
No. 3 Lynchburg vs. No. 6 Bridgewater
Lynchburg traveled to Bridgewater earlier in the season and tied with the Eagles, 0-0, in a match that went to two overtimes. The nationally ranked Hornets (#12) are no stranger to the postseason as they were the 2014 National Champions. Only one conference win separated the two teams, so don't expect the Eagles to back down in this road contest for the Eagles.
No. 4 Shenandoah vs. No. 5 Roanoke
Shenandoah and Roanoke meet for the first time in postseason play due to the unbalanced schedule in the ODAC this season. Shenandoah's Emily Yergin leads the ODAC in goals (21) and has 10 more than the second-leading goal scorer. The Hornets score 3.11 goals per game while the Maroons score 3.56 goals per game. Both teams will look to use their offense to be the deciding factor in this match.