Gophers Protect Home Turf, Reel In Marlins

Gophers Protect Home Turf, Reel In Marlins

TOWSON, Md. — In the first of the nine home games on its 2015 schedule, Goucher used a 24-1 advantage in shots to gain a 2-0 victory over Virginia Wesleyan this afternoon.

The Gophers are now 8-1 in their past nine games on Beldon Field against non-conference opponents.

The nine shots Goucher got off in the first 35 minutes today produced only one goal. It was scored by junior forward Annie Carter (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) less than 11 minutes into the contest and assisted by sophomore defender Emily Jewell (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch).

The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Gophers (1-1) until there were just under 10 minutes left to play and freshman midfielder Melissa Joseph (Laurel, Del./Sussex Technical) passed the ball in to sophomore forward/midfielder Olivia Dickert (Montville, N.J./Montville Twp.), who dribbled in even closer before launching a low shot that got past the opposing goalie.

The Marlins (1-2) didn't attempt their only shot of the contest until there were fewer than 15 seconds showing on the scoreboard clock. After the ball had been inserted on a penalty corner, Alea Weaver took a shot that forced Danielle Hallacker (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Twp.) to make a defensive save in order to preserve her team's shutout.

It was the third defensive save of the junior defender's career.

Skye Swain, who played all 70 minutes in goal for Virginia Wesleyan, finished with 17 saves.

This was the opener of a three-game homestand for head coach Megan Williams' squad. Up next is a game on Wesneday at 7 p.m. against Stevenson.