Women’s Soccer vs. Guilford College
On Oct. 28, the Women’s Soccer team closed out their regular season play with an ODAC match against the Quakers of Guilford College. Roanoke came into the contest with an impressive 10-6-1 overall record, including a 6-4-1 record in the ODAC, while Guilford entered with a dismal record of 2-15-1 overall, 2-9 in ODAC play. The Maroons had gone 3-0-1 in their last four games and were looking to ride their hot-streak into this final game of the season with a favorable matchup against a struggling Guilford squad. From the first kick, the spectators saw what a two-win team looks like against a ten win team. The Maroons immediately put the Quakers on the defensive and forced them to scramble to stop their relentless offense the entire first half. Despite Roanoke outshooting Guilford 12-0, the score remained tied at 0-0 at the half. Determined not to give Guilford any momentum, the Maroons continued the same offensive intensity in the second half, only this time they were more efficient. Roanoke broke the 0-0 tie seven minutes into the second half with a goal by leading scorer Marlana Barnard (5) assisted by Linnea Kremer (14). Fifteen minutes later, the Maroons struck again with an unassisted goal by Sara Celec (6), her first of the season. Kristin Figel (10) concluded the scoring for the Maroons with a goal in the 77th minute, assisted by Laura Garbarini (12). The game ended with a 3-0 win for the Maroons, giving them their eleventh win on the year and marking the tenth straight year of more than 10 wins in a season. The win also propelled Roanoke to 7-4-1 in the ODAC, good for the fifth seed heading into the playoffs. Although the official playoff bracket has yet to be released, it appears that the Maroons will travel to Virginia Beach to face Virginia Wesleyan, the likely fourth seed, who finished 8-3 in the ODAC this year. The game will take place on Nov. 1 and, riding a four-win streak, the Maroons have an excellent chance to knock off the fourth seed and continue their impressive play into the second round of the ODAC playoffs.