Lightning Forces 2-2 Draw between Marlins and Captains

Marli Hayward scored both goals for the Marlins on Tuesday
Marli Hayward scored both goals for the Marlins on Tuesday

Lightning Forces 2-2 Draw between Marlins and Captains

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan University women's soccer team endured a hot Christopher Newport University squad, plus lightning, to earn a 2-2 non-conference draw on Tuesday night.

CNU entered the contest with a 7-1 goal differential after defeating No. 5 Trinity (TX) and Catholic over the week, teams that the Marlins faced as well in the Atlantic Orthopaedic Tournament.

The Marlins started the scoring early on Tuesday night, putting the first goal on the board just over 13 minutes into the match. Alex Davidson ripped a shot from deep that was saved by Carly Maglio, but the deflection sailed to the top of the box where Marli Hayward finished it off past the misplaced keeper for a 1-0 lead.

Taylor Chapman kept the Captains at bay to help VWU gain the 1-0 lead, stopping two shots in the first 12 minutes.

Hayward added another score 11 minutes into the second half when Ann Marie Moffett found her on a kick from 30 yards out. It was her second goal of the game, and of the young season.

The Captains cut into the deficit in the 62nd minute when a foul in the box set up a penalty kick. Gabby Gillis ripped a shot low that a diving Chapman got a piece of, but the powerful shot still managed to find the back of the net.

The Marlins had a good opportunity to extend the lead to 3-1, but a hard shot by Teah Lorenzi was corralled by Maglio to held keep the gap at a lone goal.

CNU rode that momentum to another goal just six minutes later when Carson Pokorny attempted a corner kick from the far post. She bent the ball into the box where it bounced around amongst a host of Marlins and Captains. Maxine Borris found the ball on her foot at the end of the fray, sending it to the back of the net to even the score.

A lightning delay was called at the conclusion of regulation. Due to the amount of lightning in the area, the contest could not be resumed and was called a draw with 90 minutes played.

Virginia Wesleyan (0-2-1) travels to CNU on Friday for the CNU Captains Classic, with games to be played on Friday and Sunday. The Marlins will face Methodist University (0-2) on Friday at 5 p.m.