Marlins Fall in Defensive Battle with Roanoke

Zamora made five saves in Saturday's match. Photo by: Sebastian Burke
Zamora made five saves in Saturday's match. Photo by: Sebastian Burke

Marlins Fall in Defensive Battle with Roanoke

SALEM, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University women's soccer team endured a defensive battle with Roanoke College, falling 1-0 Saturday to the Maroons in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play.

Roanoke broke through for the lone score of the match in the 70th minute when Kylie Bruce sent a low cross from the right side into the box. Kathryn Van Orden dove towards the ball, reaching out to get a head on it just feet off the ground. Her attempt found the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.

The Marlins tried to step up the offensive intensity, drawing two corner kicks and getting off three shots in the final 15 minutes, but the Roanoke defense held for the victory.

Virginia Wesleyan led 12-10 in shots and attempted all three of the matches' corner kicks.

Chris Martin made four saves for Roanoke (6-3-1/3-0) while Alicia Zamora registered five stops for the Marlins.

Virginia Wesleyan (5-5-1/1-1) will host Randolph-Macon College (5-3-1/2-1) for an ODAC match Wednesday at 7 p.m.