Cordner chips in goal, Phoenix top Vixens

Cordner chips in goal, Phoenix top Vixens

SWEET BRIAR, Va. — Sophomore Lera Cordner chipped the keeper for her first collegiate goal on Sunday afternoon, as the Vixens fell 5-1 to the visiting Wilson Phoenix at Babcock Field.

"I'm very proud of the fight we have within us as a team and I think that was apparent again in the first half," said head coach Jason Capps.

The Phoenix (2-2-0) opened the scoring in the 11th minute when Kellyn Perry scored at the far post from 13 yards out off an assist from Noemi Regan.

Sweet Briar (0-4-0) responded in the 29th minute as Cordner (Macungie, Pa.) collected a pass from first-year LaLa Martinez (Richmond, Va.) and chipped Wilson's goalkeeper, Aubrey Runkle, from the top of the 18-yard box for the first goal of her collegiate career.

"I was very pleased with our response to their first goal," Capps said. "We kept our focus and moved down the field as a team. Lera finished off a nice play with LaLa, which provided a spark for us."

Wilson responded two minutes later when Regan assisted on a Juliann Winkler's game-winning goal in the 31st minute.

Cordner finished the match with three shots, while Martinez and sophomore Caylin Newman (Bedford, Va.) both took one shot on the day. Newman's shot in the second half was saved by Runkle off a freekick opportunity.

Sweet Briar's senior goalkeeper Caroline Thomas (Appomattox, Va.) tallied 13 saves in goal over 90 minutes.

"Both of our goalkeepers have really been solid for us and Caroline stepped up again today," Capps added.

The Vixens continue a short homestand on Saturday, September 15, when Notre Dame (Md.) visits Babcock Field for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.