Fire it up
SWEET BRIAR, Va. --- The Vixens hit the road for two league contests this week. On Tuesday, September 18, Sweet Briar makes the short commute south on Route 29 for a night under the lights with the Randolph College WildCats. Both sides take the turf looking for a first 2012 Old Dominion Athletic Conference win.
Sweet Briar rolls into WildCat Stadium bolstered by a solid performance in their last outing. On Saturday, September 15, the youthful Vixen squad held nationally ranked and veteran-lead Lynchburg College to a scoreless second half. First-year keeper Katherine Tillson (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) turned away nine shots in the final frame to preserve the shutout half against one of the nation's top 25 teams.
The Vixens have proven they can defend the final third. Tuesday's test: can the SBC side generate scoring opportunities while keeping the 'Cats off the big board. Head Coach Kevin Fabulich and the Vixen squad are on the prowl for goals. Newcomers Marissa McCord (Asheville, N. C./ T.C. Roberson) and Lynn Lunde (Dallas, Tex./Creekview) will be called upon to fire up the offensive attack. They will have help from Emily Spivey '15 (Dillwyn, Va. / Buckingham County) and Ashley Federico '16 (Milford, N.H. /Milford).
In the week's second match, SBC travels north to face league newcomer Shenandoah University. Shenandoah, formerly of the USA South, won a conference title last year and was picked to finish 6th in the ODAC for the 2012 season. The Hornet roster features a large first-year class (11) including two rookie keepers and current leading scorer (2 goals, 2 assists) Danielle Burris (Cooksville, Md. / Glenelg).
Shenandoah hosts Sweet Briar at the end of a three-game ODAC homestand in Winchester. In their first-ever ODAC contest, Shenandoah lost 2-0 to the visiting Maroons of Roanoke College. During the game the Hornets were whistled for seven cards, three of which were red. Shenandoah hosts Interstate 81 foe Bridgewater College mid-week before the Saturday, September 22 contest with SBC.
Kevin Fabulich, Head Vixen Soccer Coach: We finally started answering some questions this week. Players stepped up and we had some great individual play and put that together as a team for a strong 90 minutes on Saturday. We are looking forward to our games this week. ODAC games are tough and that is why we love to play in this league.
Jelveh Spence, sophomore defender: There is a lot of excitement and a little bit of pressure, but all in all it is a lot of fun. This team is working together.
|Tue, Sept 18||at Randolph||@ 7 p.m.||WildCat Stadium||video|| live stats
|Sat, Sept 22||at Shenandoah||@ 2 p.m.||Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium||video|| live stats