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Women’s soccer looks to extend shutout streak into Homecoming Weekend

Women’s soccer looks to extend shutout streak into Homecoming Weekend

By CHRIS MARKHAM

The University of Mary Washington women’s soccer team has had a dominant start to their conference schedule, currently sitting at 4-2-1 in the conference and 9-6-1 overall and outscoring opponents by a score of 21-7. Both of the Eagles’ losses were had one-goal differentials and their victories have been by an average margin of 3.6 goals.

This number is exaggerated by the Eagles’ statement 9-0 victory over Marymout University onSaturday, Oct. 17. The historic blowout was led by senior midfielder Lizzie Weast, who netted four goals for the Eagles to go along with two assists. All four of Weast’s goals came unassisted.

Junior Maryfay Jackson added two goals of her own while freshmen Marisa Madaras, Dana Eckerstrom and Ellie Maston rounded out the rest of the scoring for the Eagles with one goal each. Weast’s dominating performance tied her for the school record in most points in a single game, a record originally set in 1988 by Debbie Greisse who scored five goals in a single game. Most impressively, The Eagles outshot the Saints 32-3, showing their dominance on both the offense and defensive end.

In the game before their drudging of Marymount, the Eagles had another impressive shutout victory over conference rival Southern Virginia University. Their 4-0 victory was led by Madaras who netted two goals while juniors Jackson and Meghan Turney contributed to the scoring as well. The Eagles outshot the Knights 24-11 in the game, proving again to control the game on both ends.

In their most recent outing, a home game against Frostburg State on Oct. 21, the Eagles tied the Bobcats. The two teams were evenly matched throughout the game, drawing after two overtime periods with a score of 0-0. The teams were so evenly matched that the shots were virtually identical, with the Eagles recording 13 and the Bobcats recording 14.

Regardless of the tie, the Eagles have not given up a goal in three consecutive games and only four goals total in their six games in the month of October. The Eagles will look to extend their shutout streak on Saturday during homecoming when UMW takes on Salisbury at 1 p.m.

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