Lawson, Mullins both net three; Sweet Briar edged by Salem

Lawson, Mullins both net three; Sweet Briar edged by Salem

AMHERST, Va. — Junior Kierstan Mullins and sophomore Victoria Lawson tallied three goals each, but it was not enough for Sweet Briar as the visiting Salem College Spirits escaped Friday evening's game with an 8-7 victory at Amherst County High School.

Salem (1-1) scored twice before Sweet Briar (0-2) answered as Lawson (Shipman, Va.) created her own space and netted her first goal of the evening with 18:44 left in the opening half. Following Salem's answer at 17:21, Lawson notched her second goal of the day, opening a three-goal run for the Vixens.

The Vixens' run continued at 15:49 when Lawson assisted on Mullins' (Richmond, Va.) first score of the night to tie the game at 3-3. Mullins gave Sweet Briar its lone lead of the evening with an unassisted goal at 14:17 in the opening period.

Teia Horton stopped the Sweet Briar run as she scored the first of Salem's final three goals to wrap-up the opening half with a 6-4 advantage over the host Vixens.

Following the halftime break, Mullins cut into the Spirits lead by completing her hat trick with 23:37 left in the final period.

Lawson tied the game for the third time with 13:58 left, scoring off an assist from sophomore Caylin Newman (Bedford, Va.). A little over two minutes after Lawson tied the game at 6-6, Collette Vladimery scored a free position goal for Salem to put the visitors up by one. 

The one-goal advantage lasted over six minutes for Salem, before junior Maciel Garcia (Occoquan, Va.) scored her first collegiate goal with 4:43 remaining in regulation.

Cecily Wainschel found the back of the cage with 3:05 left on the clock to give Salem an 8-7 advantage before the Spirits managed to run out the clock to escape with a road victory.

Sweet Briar sophomore goalkeeper Sammy Holton (Arbutus, Md.) recorded nine saves on the night, while Lawson led the Vixens with five ground balls. Garcia snagged a team-high four draw controls, while Lawson forced six turnovers on defense.

Next-up for the Vixens is a 5 p.m. first draw on February 27 at William Peace in Holly Springs, N.C.