Nov. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Eastern

Kelsey Doutrich scored in the 12th minute of play to help the Eastern University women's soccer team to advance in the NCAA Tournament by a 1-0 score for the third straight year. With the win, the Eagles advance past 13th ranked Virginia Wesleyan and will return to action tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 pm against 10th ranked Johns Hopkins.

Doutrich's goal came after sophomore Katie Ruth found space on the right flank and served a ball into the center of the box. Doutrich took a touch to clean up the serve and flipped the shot over the charging goalkeeper.  Doutrich's fifth of the year is her third in the last three games. Eastern Head Coach Dan Mouw said of the strike, "Kelsey has a great knack for getting to where she needs to be. It is really good to have her healthy and playing well."

The Eagles held a 5-2 edge in first half shots and took three corners while surrendering none. First year goalkeeper Aly Goodman made just a single save, but she continued to influence the contest with her box management and distribution. The Marlins found their best chance of the match midway through the half, but Goodman gathered up Jessica Edelman's shot from 20 yards out.

Tess Beckwith and Jill DiRenzo put pressure on the Virginia Wesleyan back line throughout the opening period, but Allison Lennox made three saves to keep the Marlins within one.

Virginia Wesleyan controlled much of the play to start the second half, but the Eastern backs kept them away from goal and again limited chances. Despite an advantage in time on the ball, they were only able to muster three off target shots and no corner kicks over the final forty-five minutes. Meanwhile, Beckwith continued to use her pace to pressure the Virginia Wesleyan backs.

The Eagles nearly doubled their advantage on a Kristine Zeiset header on a corner kick. The sophomore midfielder beat her mark to the ball and hammered it past Lennox, but an alert Marlin defender blocked the shot and danger was averted.

Ten minutes later, the Eagles had a second chance to double the lead as Beckwith earned the edge on the left side and drove at goal. Her shot to the near post from twelve yards out hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced straight down.

Eastern held the Marlins off with great effort in the midfield and solid play from the back line. Mouw cited the efforts of center backs Amy Achey and Katelyn Rittenhouse in keeping the shutout. He said, "Our center backs were very good today. I thought our whole back six played very well, but all that starts with stability from those two."

The Eagles return to action tomorrow afternoon against the host Hopkins squad that beat Cabrini 4-0 today. That game will begin at 2:00 pm and will be available as a webcast and through gametracker for fans unable to attend the game in Baltimore.

Access both the webcast and gametracker through the tournament website.