Hornets Take Down EMU Women In ODAC Tournament

Samm Livermore had three shot attempts for EMU. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Samm Livermore had three shot attempts for EMU. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The ninth seeded EMU soccer women lost in the ODAC first round at eighth seeded Lynchburg by a score of 4-0 to eliminate the Royals from the ODAC tournament. The Hornets will play at top-seeded Randolph-Macon on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

Lynchburg got the scoring started early striking in the 7th minute on a free kick just outside the top of the box. Amanda Wigboldy sent in a ball that hit the crossbar, but crossed the line for a goal. Samm Livermore (Dunn, N.C./West Johnston) sent in the Royals' first shot in the 9th minute as it was saved by the goalkeeper. Livermore led EMU with three shots.

The Hornets drew a foul inside the box in the 24th minute to set up a penalty kick opportunity that Wigboldy capitalized on, increasing the lead to 2-0 which would hold until halftime.

Lynchburg got two quick strikes by Megan Dee to begin the second half. In the 49th minute she headed a ball in off a corner kick. Then in the 51st minute she sent in a ball from outside the box at an off-angle, that soared over the outstretched fingertips of Leah Wenger (Broadway, Va./Eastern Mennonite) to put the score at 4-0.

The Hornets held the advantage in shots 18-4 and had 11 corner kicks while holding the Royals without one.

Wenger picked up five saves in net finishing her four-year career with 323 total saves, placing her fourth in the women's soccer program record books for career saves.

The Royals end the year with an overall record of 10-7-1 and 4-6-1 in ODAC play as the soccer women reached double-digit wins for the second time since 2006.

This was the final collegiate game for seniors Leah WengerLaura Rittenhouse (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite), Ariel Barbosa (Baltimore, Md./Towson), and Emily Hostetler (Marshallville, Ohio/Smithville).