Emory, Va. --- Vixen Soccer began the 2012 Old Dominion Athletic Conference playing schedule with a match at Emory & Henry College on Wednesday, September 12.
Vixen striker Lynn Lunde '16 (Dallas, Tex./ Creekview) fired the first Sweet Briar shot of the game, but missed the frame with the clock approaching thirty minutes.
The twilight affair appeared headed toward a scoreless opening frame until the 38th minute when former high school teammates Maddy Guzman (Cleveland, Ohio/Charles F. Brush) and Ellen Colles (Lyndhurst, Ohio/Charles F. Brush) connected. Guzman sent home a Colles' pass giving the Wasps a one goal lead.
Colles went on to tuck two shots of her own between the pipes to lead the Wasps 6-0, past the visiting Vixens.
The first period ended with a give and go involving Colles and Erica Merriman (Cornelius, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus). The Colles connection gave the Wasps a two-goal advantage at the break. Colles capped her night's scoring with a second goal in the 59th minute. This time the sophomore midfielder finished a cross sent from the right side by teammate Blair Vaugn (Cornelius, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus).
At the 71:09 mark, E & H senior Kelly Flahtery (South Lake, Texas/Carroll Senior) converted a penalty kick, awarded due to a whistled handball in the box, giving the home team a four goals advantage and just over a minute later Bethany Myer (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) struck a top right corner shot pushing the lead further out of reach.
With barely ten minutes left in the contest, Vixen midfielder Marissa McCord (Asheville, N.C. / T.C. Roberson) attempted to put her team on the board, but the sophomore's shot sailed just high over the cross bar.
Ashlie Caldwell (Blue Ridge, Va./Hollins Univ.) tacked on the final Wasps' tally in the 82nd minute.
SBC net minder Katherine Tillson '16 (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) kept busy in the box. The first- year went the distance and turned away nine of 15 would-be goals. Vixen Soccer's defense, anchored by Nina Kappel '15 (Rye, N.H. / Portsmouth) stepped up again. For the game the Vixen defense recorded three blocked shots.
Post game, Vixen Soccer Head Coach Kevin Fabulich noted that his team "found ways to get forward, but had difficulty organizing on the counter attacks. We are a young team and are still working on putting together two consistent halves." Fabulich went on to say that his keeper, Katherine Tillson, turned in a solid performance in just her third collegiate game.
Tillson and team return to action on Saturday, September 15 for a game with defending 2011 ODAC champions and 11th ranked Lynchburg College. The Vixen-Hornet match is slated for an 11 a.m. kickoff at Babcock Field.