Yellow Jackets top Vixens, Thomas tallies 19 saves

Yellow Jackets top Vixens, Thomas tallies 19 saves

ASHLAND, Va. — Sweet Briar senior goalkeeper Caroline Thomas stopped 19 shots, but saw the Vixens fall 8-0 to host Randolph-Macon at the R-MC Soccer Field on Saturday afternoon.

"We knew coming in we would face some firepower but we were focused on keeping them to low percentage shots," said head coach Jason Capps. "I was very excited to see us stay organized and make it very difficult for Randolph-Macon in the first 35 minutes."

The would-be game winning goal came in the ninth minute, when Jenna Burns scored off a deflection to put Randolph-Macon (6-0-1, 3-0-1 ODAC) up 1-0 with 81 minutes to play. The Vixens reorganized following the opener, holding the Yellow Jackets to one goal until the 23rd minute.

"We simply had a couple of mental mistakes toward the end of the half that were uncharacteristic and that cost us close to the break," Capps added.

While Thomas (Appomattox, Va.) made 19 saves over 90 minutes for the Vixens (1-10-0, 0-4-0), the senior recorded 12 in the second period of play.

"We came back in the second half and rebounded nicely, getting back to our game plan, staying organized and disciplined and we limited their possibilities," Capps said. "I'm really proud of the overall focus these ladies showed today."

Sweet Briar continues ODAC action with another road match on Wednesday, October 10, as the Vixens visit Virginia Wesleyan for a 4 p.m. kickoff.