Hayward Goal Lifts Marlins to 2-1 Victory

Marli Hayward posted her first game-winning score of the year on Wednesday. It was her fifth score of the season.
Marli Hayward posted her first game-winning score of the year on Wednesday. It was her fifth score of the season.

Hayward Goal Lifts Marlins to 2-1 Victory

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Sophomore Marli Hayward scored midway through the second half of Wednesday's match to lift the Virginia Wesleyan University women's soccer to a 2-1 ODAC victory over Randolph-Macon College.

Despite several crisp possessions by Randolph-Macon in the first half, it was the Marlins who would have the early offensive attempts. The Marlins ripped four shots in the first 10 minutes, two of which were saved by Christina Newman. Virginia Wesleyan broke through in the 20th minute when Alex Davidson played a long ball up the middle that Anna Pedicone managed to run down. The freshman forward made a one-on-one move around a diving Newman for the open net goal. It was Pedicone's eighth score of the season.

Randolph-Macon managed to flip the pitch, getting several chances later in the half to even the score. Casey Kent took a shot at 29:06 that went over Marlin keeper Alicia Zamora, but was a little too high as it hit off the crossbar.

Five minutes later, a foul put the Yellow Jackets in prime scoring position. Kent took the free kick from 40 yards out, booming it over the defensive line where it found the head of Gabby Nelson. The deflected pass skipped to the far post and into the net to even the score.

Both teams had opportunities early in the second half, but Zamora and Newman continued to turn away the offenses.

Virginia Wesleyan posted the deciding goal in the 61st minute after forcing a turnover in midfield. Brooke Adamchak took a pass on the far side, racing towards the corner to free up the box. She sent a low cross in to Hayward who finished it past Newman for her fifth goal on the campaign.

Newman finished with seven saves for the Yellow Jackets while Zamora registered five saves for the Marlins.

VWU outshot Randolph-Macon (5-4-1/2-2) 12-11 while corner kicks were even at two each.

Virginia Wesleyan (6-5-1/2-1) hosts Randolph College (2-6-1/0-3) Saturday at 1 p.m. ODAC start as part of Homecoming Weekend.