Marlins Drop 2-1 Decision as Rally Falls Short
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University women's soccer team rallied in the second half, but ultimately fell short in a 2-1 non-conference loss to Cal Lutheran on Sunday.
The Marlins started strong in the first half, outshooting Cal Lutheran 10-4 prior to intermission, with four of those shots coming on goal. Alysa Frazier kept the Regals in a position to take the lead, making three saves in the half while CLU benefited from a team save as well.
Cal Lutheran got its chance to take the lead just before intermission as Trinity Martinez found Sam Corneja with 1:49 to go in the half. Martinez took advantage of a Virginia Wesleyan foul, sending a set piece into the box where Corneja headed it into the back of the net.
The Marlins came out strong offensively, taking three shots in the first five minutes. The third found the back of the net as Mary Alexis Jackson found Anna Pedicone. Jackson sent a good ball past the defense down the right side where Pedicone ran it out, sending a hard shot into the left side of the net.
Cal Lutheran took the lead once more at 78:25 when Katie Weaver took a set piece just outside the box. She sent it towards the goal where Kali Youngdahl headed it in for the 2-1 edge.
The Regals kept up the offensive pressure, making it tough for a Marlin rally. CLU ripped four shots on goal in the final 10 minutes, but all four were saved by Alicia Zamora.
The Marlins held advantages in shots, 24-11, and corner kicks, 6-1.
Frazier finished with five saves for Cal Lutheran (2-1) while Zamora made four stops. Taylor Chapman made one save in the first half.
Virginia Wesleyan (1-3-1) hosts Salisbury University (1-4) for a non-conference match Wednesday at 7 p.m.