MC women's soccer nets breakthrough NCAA victory

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After playing the lead in the Maryville College theatre production of "Alice in Wonderland," Andi Morrow made her way to the soccer field last Saturday night with a keen sense of what was at stake.

"If you mess up in a play, you know the show’s going to go on the next night," the sophomore defender said. "Here (in the NCAA women’s soccer tournament) if you mess up, it’s over."

Freshman Jamie Roberts assisted an opening goal, then later added a clincher, as Maryville blanked Methodist, 2-0, in its national tournament opener. The win was the first for the Lady Scots as a program. Maryville would fall the following night, 1-0, to Washington & Lee University, but it did little to dim the previous evening’s magic.

Roberts streaked down the right side in the second half and centered a pass between two defenders to Rachel McRee for Saturday’s first goal.

The pass was perfect, McRee said.

"I just killed the ball," she said.

The Scots put up an insurance score when Roberts hit a chip shot into the right side of the net unassisted at the 76:23 mark. Lindsay York earned the shutout in goal for Maryville, recording a game-high 8 saves on the evening.

Maryville’s two goals took on added significance considering the playing condition. Continuing showers and plummeting temperatures made for a muddy, frigid and dicey track.

Washington & Lee’s Martha Caulkins took an Anne Wiltshire pass and finessed a lofting goal just above the reached of York to earn the Generals a 1-0 victory on Sunday evening. The Generals (18-1-2) and Scots (16-5-0) battled to a 0-0 halftime score despite Washington & Lee’s 10 shots on goal to none for Maryville.

Forty-three seconds after the intermission, the Generals found the net. Washington & Lee’s nationally ranked defense, which has allowed two goals on the season, would yield only a Kelsea Morse attempted header for Maryville the remainder of the match.

Washington & Lee added an additional 10 shots during the second half. Of the 20 shots on goal, York recorded 14 saves.

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