ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon Women's Soccer scored two goals early and in quick succession against Old Dominion Athletic Conference foe Guilford Saturday afternoon, winning its tenth game in a row to open the season. R-MC earned the clean sheet in the process.
Score: Randolph-Macon 2, Guilford 0
Location/Venue: Ashland, Va./R-MC Soccer Field
Records: Randolph-Macon (10-0, 2-0 ODAC), Guilford (5-4-1, 1-1 ODAC)
How It Happened
- Randolph-Macon did not take long to make its mark. Senior Gabby Nelson (Clover, Va. / Halifax County) scored in the eighth minute of the contest as she outran the Quaker defense on the left side of goal before crossing it back into the right corner for the opening score. Junior Meghan Skevington (Richmond, Va. / Deep Run) passed ahead to Nelson and earned the assist.
- About three minutes later, R-MC got another offensive chance. Nelson had some fancy footwork around a Guilford defender and burst into the box slipping it into the same corner as before.
- In the 23rd minute, Nelson looked to score again, but was physically stopped by the last defender, drawing a red card and forcing Guilford to play with ten on the field for the remainder of the contest.
- Neither team could muster a shot-on-goal for nearly 40 minutes of game play, crossing both halfs. That ended in the 66th minute when sophomore Nicole Czyzewski (Midlothian, Va. / Midlothian) hit a nice shot from about 25 yards out. Guilford keeper Aubrey Gunther was able to make the save cleanly as play continued.
- Freshman Leah Conrad (Bristow, Va. / Saint John Paul The Great Catholic) got a good look that forced the GC keeper to collect it twice. She took the dead center shot from just inside the box in the 75th minute.
- Conrad had another terrific look at goal with a hard shot in the 82nd minute from the middle of the box and in traffic. Gunther again collected the shot.
- Moments later, Czyzewski tried a shot from the right side of goal, but Gunther grabbed it once more. R-MC collected two more shots, but both went wide as R-MC finished out the win.
Inside The Numbers
- Senior Christina Newman (Virginia Beach, Va. / Kempsville) earned the win and finished with one save, facing the only shot on goal the Quakers were able to find. Sophomore Edye Carr (Clinton, N.C. / Clinton) also worked a half in goal and helped direct a defense that kept the Quakers at bay.
- Nelson finished with five shots, as did Czyzewski.
- The R-MC defense, made up of senior Haley Silva (Henrico, Va. / Deep Run), sophomore Kylie Martino (Centreville, Va. / Centreville) and freshmen Olivia Adams (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) and Gracie Tritt (Fredericksburg, Va. / Riverbend) were able to keep Guilford out of the Yellow Jackets' defending half for much of the contest.
- R-MC outshot GC 22-5.
- Nelson continues to lead the ODAC in goals, now with 13. She also leads the conference in points with 31.
The Yellow Jackets will travel for the next three matches. R-MC heads to Virginia Wesleyan first. The match will be Wednesday at 7:00 PM in Virginia Beach.