WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sweet Briar sophomore Caylin Newman opened her 2018 account in the 107th minute, pushing the Vixens to a 1-0 victory over Trinity Washington at the Trinity Soccer Field on Wednesday afternoon.
"Today was certainly not our best effort and these ladies know that," said head coach Jason Capps. "We are not satisfied, but we are happy we pushed through a great deal of adversity today to get our first win together."
Newman's (Bedford, Va.) goal was the second of her career and second career goal against Trinity Washington (0-3-0). Sweet Briar's (1-4-0) victory was the first collegiate head coaching victory of Capps' career.
"How we choose to play the game is much more important than the outcome, but I can't tell you how proud I am that they fought through so much today to get the victory," Capps added.
Sweet Briar went on the offense early, forcing the Tigers' goalkeeper into eight first half saves. The Vixens' first look came in the fourth minute when junior Lacey Tucker (Swansboro, N.C.) forced Emily Andino to make the first stop of the day.
The second half was more of the same as Sweet Briar outshot its host 7-4, forcing five Andino saves over the second 45 minutes. Neither team was able to break the draw during regulation sending the match into overtime.
Trinity Washington looked to press forward to open up the first overtime period, with a pair of shots in the 94th minute. The Vixens placed one shot on frame in the first extra period when first-year Hannah Denson (Sanford, N.C.) saw her 96th minute strike saved.
Following a wide miss by the Tigers in the 104th minute, the Vixens pushed forward and Newman placed a shot on frame in the 105th, but saw her shot turned away by the Trinity Washington defense.
First-year Shay Young-Mitchell (Silver Spring, Md.) pounced on the rebound and slotted a pass to Newman who found the back of the net on her third shot of the day to give Sweet Briar a road victory.
Senior Caroline Thomas (Appomattox, Va.) tallied five saves in goal for the Vixens. Young-Mitchell's assist was the first of her collegiate career.
Sweet Briar returns home on Saturday, September 22, with its Old Dominion Athletic Conference opener against Hollins at 1 p.m.