During fall break, women’s soccer traveled to Greensboro, NC to face Guilford College. Roanoke easily won this conference game 3-0.
There were a few impressive header shot by both teams. Shortly before the first score, Ashley Barnes just barely missed a beautiful header over the top crossbar. Fortunately, in the sixteenth minute, Laura Garbarini scored the first goal off a great pass from the left by Emily Whitaker.
In the twenty-third minute, Roanoke made some key substitutions, bringing Linnea Kremer and Lauren O’Brian into the game. Four minutes after entering the contest, Kremer scored the second goal with an assist from O’Brian. With two minutes left in the period, O’Brian had another solid assist, passing the ball to Sierralynn Johnson who netted the Maroons’ third score. The Maroons were up 3-0 at the end of the period.
While the Maroons offense was firing on all cylinders in the first half, goalie Sarah Dvorak held down the fort on the defensive end, making two saves to keep Guilford off the scoreboard.. In the second period Caroline Liebel came into the net for Roanoke. She had one save in the second period, the only shot that Guilford was able to attempt. As if to show off all their goalies, Sydney Sherman came into the net for Roanoke in the last five minutes of the game.
In the second period, Guilford’s goalie didn’t let anything by. There were several good shots on goal, but Guilford was able to stop the Maroons from increasing their lead.
During the game, the Maroon’s had fourteen shots, eight of which were on goal. Whitaker led the team in shots with 3, and also had an assist. The three goalies combined to shut out Guilford. There were only seven shots by Guilford, three on goal. Dvorak made two saves and Liebel had one.
On Sunday, Roanoke faced regionally ranked Christopher Newport. Again, the Maroon’s were able to shut out the other team, and took this victory 2-0.
Whitaker scored the first goal for the Maroons in the sixteenth minute of the game. This goal came off an unassisted rocket into the left side of the net. Christopher Newport answered strong with several shots in the next few minutes, but all were either blocked or saved by the Maroons solid defense.
Roanoke had a few more shots on goal that were saved before finding the net again with two minutes left in the period. Anna Carter had her first goal of the game with an assist from Whitaker. The period ended with the Maroon’s up 2-0.
In the second half, Roanoke’s offense fell apart. They only recorded one shot, which went wide, in the entire half. The Maroons were helped by their two score cushion and the fact that most of CNU’s shots also went wide. However, Dvorak’s effort in goal for the Maroons truly saved the lead as she made three saves during the half.
It was an amazing feat that Roanoke toppled CNU, another ODAC team. During the game, Christopher Newport had sixteen total shots, but little accuracy. Only five shots were on goal and Dvorak saved all of them.
Whitaker was awarded ODAC Player of the Week for her efforts in these two games.
On Tuesday, the Maroons traveled to Salem College, the current leader in the Great South Conference. This was a tough game for Roanoke, who lost to the Spirits in overtime 2-1.
Both teams came out strong. Roanoke had three shots on goal, and Salem had two, all within the first ten minutes. Ashley Barns scored the first goal for the Maroons just after the ten-minute mark with an assist from Abby Guarino. This put Roanoke at an early 1-0 lead. The rest of the half was scoreless despite a lot of shots by both teams.
Salem came out firing in the second half, making Dvorak work. She had five saves in the half before the Spirits got one by her sixty-two minutes into the match. This tied the game 1-1. Neither team was able to score in the remainder of regulation, forcing the game into overtime.
Roanoke had a chance to win with a shot on goal by Whitaker but it was saved. Just over six minutes into overtime, the Spirits ended the game with a score.
Despite the loss, it was an amazing performance by the Maroons. There were twenty-one shots by Salem, nine on goal. Dvorak had seven saves in the game. The Maroons’ offensive numbers were very similar, with sixteen shots total and eight on goal. Barnes led the team with an impressive five shots, two on goal, and the team’s only point. Roanoke was just unable to convert goals against a strong Salem defense.
After these games, the Maroons are now 9-7-1, 5-5 in ODAC plays. Be sure to come out this Saturday at 4PM for the women’s soccer last regular season game. This will be an ODAC contest against Hollins University who are 0-16 on the season.