DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College women's soccer team allowed three early goals and could not overcome the halftime deficit, falling 4-1 to Mary Washington in their Capital Athletic Conference opener on Saturday night.
Chelsea Marriner made seven saves in nearly 73 minutes of net time, but took the loss. Taylor Lynch relieved Marriner in the final seven minutes of play making two saves without allowing a goal. Hayley Randall made one save for the Eagles in 55 minutes to earn the win. Madeline Duvall allowed a goal on a penalty kick in the final 35 minutes and did not register a save.
Mary Washington got on the board in the 13th minute when Maryfay Jackson found Leah Roth with a through ball. Roth slotted it low to the right to make it 1-0. In the final five minutes of the first half, UMW scored back-to-back goal just 4:09 apart to make it 3-0 before the break.
In the second half, Wesley showed signs of life generating some offensive pressure on the Eagles' back line. Janiah Moore drew a foul in the box and earned a penalty kick for the Wolverines. The freshman stepped up to the 12-yard marker and drilled the penalty to cut into the lead, making it 3-1.
The goal gave the Wolverines momentum, but the home team couldn't cash in on any more opportunities. As they pushed more forward, Mary Washington caught them with a counter-attack, extending their lead to 4-1, which held until the final whistle.
Wesley moves to 3-4-2 on the season, 0-1-0 in the CAC, and will travel to Harrisburg, Pa. to take on PSU-Harrisburg in another CAC battle on Wednesday, Sept. 30.