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Nelson, Kent Lead #15 R-MC Women’s Soccer past EMU 5-0

Casey Kent corner kick
Casey Kent

ASHLAND, Va. – Senior forward Gabby Nelson (Clover, Va./Halifax County) had her 22nd overall goal and her eighth game-winning goal, the second-highest total in the nation, and junior midfielder Casey Kent (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) netted a pair of scores, as the 15th-ranked Randolph-Macon women's soccer team moved to 17-0-0 with a 5-0 ODAC victory over Eastern Mennonite on a soggy Wednesday evening.

The Basics:

Score: Randolph-Macon 5, Eastern Mennonite 0

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

Records: Randolph-Macon 17-0-0, 9-0-0 ODAC; Eastern Mennonite 9-6-1, 3-5-1 ODAC

How it Happened:

  • The Yellow Jackets started the scoring in the sixth minute as junior midfielder McKenna Maier (Henrico, Va./Deep Run) fed Nelson, who sent the ball inside the left post to give the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 lead. In the 13th minute, sophomore midfielder Maddie Bauman (Smithfield, Va./Smithfield) went a corner kick from the left side that was headed in by senior defender Haley Silva (Henrico, Va./Deep Run) to make it 2-0. Kent sent a ball between two defenders and past the keeper in the 22nd minute as R-MC led 3-0 at the half. The Yellow Jackets had a 23-1 advantage on shots.  Senior goalkeeper Christina Newman (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) recorded one save in the first 45 minutes.
  • Kent added a second goal in the 73rd minute, tucking it inside the right post on a pass from sophomore defender Jules Huechan (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay School) as the lead grew to 4-0. Six minutes later, senior defender Madi Powell (Wake Forest, N.C./Cosby) put a 25-yard free kick into the top right corner to make the final 5-0.

By The Numbers:

  • R-MC had a 36-6 advantage on shots. Nelson and Kent both had eight shots, including two on goal. Sophomore forward Nichole Czyzewski (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) had five shots, all on goal.
  • Nelson is in the Top 10 nationally with 22 goals and 50 points.
  • Sophomore Edye Carr (Clinton, N.C./Clinton) had a pair of saves in the second half.

For The Record:

  • The Yellow Jackets remain in first place in the ODAC with a 9-0 conference record and 27 points. Washington and Lee is second with an 8-0-1 conference mark and 25 points.
  • R-MC added to its program record for most wins to start a season at 17. The Yellow Jackets also set a program mark for most consecutive wins in a single season.
  • R-MC remains at #5 in the second NCAA South Atlantic regional ranking: 1) TCNJ 13-1-1, 2) Christopher Newport 15-1-2, 3) Centre 18-0-0, 4) Emory 10-4-0, 5) Randolph-Macon 16-0-0, 6) Roanoke 12-4-1, 7) Montclair State 11-5-2, 8) Salisbury 13-2-2

Up Next:

  • Randolph-Macon will conclude the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 2, with a 5:30 p.m. ODAC contest at Ferrum.