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#15 R-MC Women’s Soccer Rallies past LYN in 4-3 Thriller

Nicole Czyzewski looking for ball
Nicole Czyzewski

ASHLAND, Va. – Senior forward Gabby Nelson (Clover, Va./Halifax County) and sophomore forward Nicole Czyzewski (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) both scored in the final 25 minutes as the 15th-ranked Randolph-Macon women's soccer team remained unbeaten with a 4-3 ODAC victory over Lynchburg on Thursday afternoon.

The Basics:

Score: Randolph-Macon 4, Lynchburg 3

Location/Venue: Ashland, Va./R-MC Soccer Field

Records: Randolph-Macon 15-0, 7-0 ODAC; Lynchburg 9-5-1, 4-3 ODAC

How it Happened:

  • The Yellow Jackets had the game's first corner in the 12th minute, but no shot resulted from the opportunity. The Hornets turned their third shot into a goal in the 18th minute to take the early lead. LYN had a second shot on goal in the 20th minute that was saved by senior keeper Christina Newman (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville). Sophomore midfielder Maddie Bauman (Smithfield, Va./Smithfield) took a corner kick from the left side and junior midfielder McKenna Maier (Henrico, Va./Deep Run) bodied the ball in to even the score at 1-1 in the 32nd minute. Seven minutes later, senior forward Gabby Nelson (Clover, Va./Halifax County) took a pass from junior midfielder Taylor Drucker (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run), beat the keeper and ricocheted the ball off the far post into the net to give R-MC a 2-1 lead. The Hornets would record the equalizer in the 41st minute to make it 2-2 at the half. LYN had an 8-4 advantage in shots, but both teams had three shots on goal.
  • The Hornets outplayed the Yellow Jackets early in the second half and tallied a go-ahead goal in the 56th minute. Nelson had a shot in the 66th minute that was saved. Nelson put the rebound into the goal to even the score again at 3-3. R-MC kept the pressure on over the next 15 minutes. Czyzewski entered the match in the 79th minute. Kent had a shot in the 82nd minute that hit the crossbar. Czyzewski took the rebound and buried the game-winner to give the Yellow Jackets a 4-3 lead. The Hornets could only muster one shot over the final eight minutes as R-MC secured the victory.

By The Numbers:

  • R-MC held a 15-11 advantage in shots, including 11-3 in the second half. Kent had six shots and Nelson had five shots, with four on goal.
  • Nelson continues to lead the ODAC with 19 goals and 44 points.

For The Record:

  • The Yellow Jackets moved back into first place in the ODAC with a 7-0 record and 21 points. Washington and Lee is second with a 6-0-1 conference mark and 19 points.
  • R-MC added to its program record for most wins to start a season at 15.
  • R-MC is ranked #5 in the initial NCAA South Atlantic regional ranking: 1) TCNJ 12-1-0,                   2) Christopher Newport 13-1-2, 3) Centre 17-0-0, 4) Emory 9-4-0, 5) Randolph-Macon 14-0-0,   6) Roanoke 11-3-1, 7) Montclair State 10-4-2, 8) Lynchburg 9-4-1

Up Next:

  • Randolph-Macon will host Hollins on Saturday, Oct. 26 for a 1 p.m. ODAC contest. It will be Senior Day, as the Yellow Jackets honor their six seniors.