Late Goal Pushes Soccer To Overtime Against Trinity

Caylin Newman scored her first goal of the season in Sweet Briar's Saturday afternoon match. Photo by Darrick Dahlin
Caylin Newman scored her first goal of the season in Sweet Briar's Saturday afternoon match. Photo by Darrick Dahlin

SWEET BRIAR, Va.- A goal from first-year Caylin Newman in the 86th minute erased Sweet Briar's one-goal deficit and pushed their Saturday afternoon game against Trinity Washington University into overtime. Newman's effort wasn't enough though, as the Tigers prevailed in overtime and won the match, 2-1.

Newman's goal came late the second half as the Sweet Briar offense continued to pressure Trinity's backline. Senior Alexa Dahlin took a corner kick that was cleared away from the near post by Trinity's keeper and to the feet of Newman at the top of the box. The Bedford Va. native rocketed a shot that deflected off a Trinity defender and into the back of the net for Newman's first collegiate goal.

Newman finished the match tied with classmate Lera Cordner for the team lead in shots, with each tallying two. Senior Melissa Wert had a good scoring opportunity just minutes before Sweet Briar's goal when she unleashed a shot from distance that required Trinity's goalkeeper to make a lunging save and jump on the ball as it rolled away from her. Despite only registering six shots as a team, Sweet Briar controlled the majority of the possession and pressured the Tigers all afternoon.

Sam Holton made seven saves in the losing effort, bringing her season total to 27. That total ranks fifth amongst Old Dominion Athletic Conference foes.

The Vixens will play again tomorrow during the annual alumnae game, which is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m., and then open ODAC play at Bridgewater College on Wednesday afternoon. Opening kick against the Eagles is scheduled for 4 p.m.