Nov. 13, 2010

Courtesy of Virginia Wesleyan

An NCAA Division III women's soccer first round game dominated by defense was decided by a break in the coverage on Saturday.

Hamilton College's Continentals pulled out a 1-0 victory over the Virginia Wesleyan College Marlins on Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field where a soft shot by Katie Lyons (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck) caught the VWC defense by surprise as it rolled across the field from the left into the right corner of the goal in the 58th minute.

It was the lift Hamilton needed to ride to the win as the Continentals tightened their defense the rest of the way to limit the Marlins to just one shot in the second half.

Hamilton (10-3-3) advances to Sunday's 6 p.m. second round game against host Johns Hopkins University (17-3-1), which outsted Farmingdale State College (17-5) 2-0 in Saturday's first game. Virginia Wesleyan, which has dropped four one-goal games in NCAA action on Homewood Field, ends it season with a 13-5-4 record.

Virginia Wesleyan dominated possession time in the first half, repeatedly advancing the ball toward the Hamilton goal. But the Continentals' defense, led by back liners Jacqueline Winter (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) and Sarah Boak (Summit, N.J./Summit), responded to the pressure by getting to the ball to prevent shots. VWC did get four shots off however, while Hamilton managed only one as the Marlins' defense, led by Blaze Byrd (Richmond, Va./Midlothian Manchester), Brittany Moseley (Midlothian, Va./Manchester), Jen Colwell (Northfield, Minn./Northfield) and Bridget Claus (Easthampton, N.J./Mt. Holly Ranocas Valley), kept the Continentals in check.

But, Hamilton out-shot VWC 6-1 in the second half to finish with a 7-5 edge.