VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The No. 24 Virginia Wesleyan University women's soccer team narrowly fell to No. 9 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Saturday night, 2-1, at Birdsong Field. With the result, both squads move to 1-1 on the early season.
The first half came with its chances, beginning with a shot by Julia Downing in the opening minutes that rang off the cross bar and down behind the goalie before being punched out. Minutes later, the Eagles sent a shot of their own that just missed the goal. A few more shots would be recorded by both sides but to no avail as each team went scoreless into the half.
UW-Lacrosse got on the board first during the second half, converting a makeshift two-on-one opportunity. The Marlins answered right back though, as Tess Wingblade converted on a pretty free kick to earn her first collegiate goal. Lined up 25-yards out and to the keepers left, the freshman tucked one inbetween the keeper and the near post, evening the score.
An unfortunate deflection in the last minutes would be the undoing of the Marlins though as an own goal put the Eagles back ahead. VWU rang another off the crossbar in the last five minutes but the ball wouldn't find its way into the back of the net.
Tristen Roberts got the call in net for the Marlins, making five stops on the evening.
Women's soccer will take to the pitch again at 4 p.m. on Tuesday as the team heads to Maryland to take on Salisbury University.