FOREST, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University women's soccer team had six players named to the All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference teams for their performances during the 2018 season. Ann Marie Moffett collected First Team honors, while Marli Hayward, Ryan Applewhite and Kennedi Anders all nabbed Second Team spots. Anna Pedicone and Alex Davidson would round out the All-Conference accolades as both were named to the Third Team.
Moffett had a terrific season, starting all 19 games for the Marlin squad. A staple of the defense, the senior helped the Marlins limit their opponents to just 0.96 goals a game. Moffett also was able to move up into the offense, servicing long balls into the box. On one such occasion, in a win over Sweet Briar, Moffett collected her lone point with an assist.
Hayward was a mainstay on the front lines for Coach Jeff Bowers, often finding herself as the sole striker up top. The junior played in all 18 games for the squad, racking up 10 points on three goals and four assists. One of her top moments came against Washington and Lee as she scored the game-winning goal with just seconds left on the clock.
Applewhite turned in another successful year, becoming a key component to the Marlins perimeter offense. The Fairfield, N.J. native used a solid combination of strength and speed to help the Marlins not only clear their own zone from danger, but also to apply offensive pressure down the sides of the field. Applewhite found the scoresheet twice on the season, assisting on a goal against Emory & Henry before notching a goal herself against nationally-ranked Lynchburg.
Despite her freshman status, Anders made a big impact in her first year as a Marlin. The Allen, Texas native become one of the team's top set-piece takers, getting the call to take numerous corners and free kicks. Anders found success on those set pieces as well, scoring two goals as well as assisting on another.
Pedicone and Davidson were the top offensive threats for the Marlins on the season, as their point totals were ranked one and two, respectively. Both saw injuries that held them out of a few games, but it didn't affect their outputs. Pedicone had a team-high 17 points (six goals, five assists), including a two goal, two assist game against Ferrum midway through the season. Davidson led the squad in goals with seven. The junior had one of her most impressive games against Randolph as she netted four goals in just over four minutes.
Women's soccer has had an impressive year, posting a record of 11-4-4 and earning a trip to the conference finals. The effort has paid off as well, earning them an at-large bid to the Division III NCAA Championship where they square off against New York University in a first round battle. This contest will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Swarthmore, Pa.