Marlins dominate second half for 4-1 victory
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- It took a little bit of time for Virginia Wesleyan College's women's soccer team to pull things together on Sunday, but once that happened it was all Marlins.
Balance was a key as four different women scored to carry VWC to an impressive 4-1 win over Western Connecticut State University in a showdown between regionally ranked teams in the Captains Classic hosted by Christopher Newport University. WCSU entered the tournament ranked No. 8 in the New England region and VWC is ranked No. 4 in the South Atlantic region.
Virginia Wesleyan improved to 5-0, extending its best start since 2005. But, it was Western Connecticut's Colonials (2-2) who came out strong and controlled the pace of the game in the first half, out-shooting the Marlins 11-7. WestConn also scored first as Ashley Hutkowski (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) followed the ball and knocked it into the goal after VWC goalie Erica Keil (Wayne, N.J./DePaul Catholic) deflected a cross from Emily Burke (Windsor Locks, Conn./Windsor Locks) in the 17th minute.
The Colonials rode that 1-0 lead into halftime, but lost the advantage quickly in the second half. VWC sophomore Nicole Martinez (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) made it a 1-1 game when she headed the ball into the goal off an assist on a corner kick by Jessica Edelman (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional) three minutes into the second half.
It remained a tied game into the 72nd minute when rookie Marta Deptula (Haskell, N.J./Paramus Catholic) gave the Marlins the lead for good. She headed the ball into the right corner of the net off a cross from sophomore Brittini Dennis (Stephens City, Va./Sherando).
Nine minutes later VWC pushed out toa 3-1 lead when juniors Bre Ingargiola (Bayport, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point) and Christina Fernandes (Tinton Falls, N.J./Tinton Falls) won a 2-on-1 battle with the WestConn goalie. Fernandes passed the ball to Ingargiola who ripped it into the right corner.
Virginia Wesleyan capped the scored in the 86th minue when Fernandes headed the ball into the right corner off a cross from junior Jenna Riegel (Sinking Spring, Pa./West Lawn Wilson).
Virginia Wesleyan out-shot WCSU 14-3 in the second half and finished with a 21-14 advantage for the game. The Colonials held a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Keil finished with three saves in goal for the Marlins. Jamie Trayer (Oakville, Conn./Watertown) recorded nine saves for WCSU.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Wednesday, Sept. 14, play at Salisbury University in Maryland at 4 p.m.