Marlins Advance to Semis with 3-0 Victory

Marlins Advance to Semis with 3-0 Victory

Marlins Advance to Semis with 3-0 Victory

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The No. 2-seeded Virginia Wesleyan College women's soccer team advanced to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) semifinals with a 3-0 quarterfinal victory over Randolph-Macon College on Wednesday.

Each of the top four seeds won on Wednesday, setting up a pair of tough semifinal matches in No. 1 Washington and Lee/No. 4 Shenandoah and No. 2 Virginia Wesleyan/No. 3 Lynchburg.

The Marlins struck quickly in the first half when Marli Hayward ripped a shot from 35 yards out, trying to angle it past the Macon keeper. The ball sailed past the keeper, slammed off the left post, and deflected into the back of the net for the 1-0 edge. The goal was Hayward's 10th of the season and sixth game winner.

The 1-0 lead lasted until halftime as both teams had multiple opportunities in the first 45 minutes behind very controlled offensive sets.

Randolph-Macon's best chance came on a set piece by Mary Virginia Kelley, who lifted a shot with enough spin that it hit off the crossbar and spun down to Taylor Chapman who was able to punch it away and prevent the tying score.

The Marlins outshot Randolph-Macon 6-4 in the first half, but the Yellow Jackets forced Chapman to make three saves.

Virginia Wesleyan broke through for a second goal at 61:59 when Annie Hartman put away her fourth goal of the season. Ryan Applewhite provided the insurance tally off a Brooke Adamchak assist with just over two minutes to play, taking advantage of a Macon team that had pushed its players up for a scoring chance.

The Marlins held a 14-8 advantage in shots and 5-2 edge in corner kicks. Chapman finished with five saves.

Virginia Wesleyan (11-4-3) will now host the No. 3 seed, Lynchburg (14-1-3), on Saturday at a time to be determined. Since Washington and Lee is the highest remaining seed, the Generals have the honor to host the semifinals and championship.