Sweet Briar edged on road by Randolph

Sweet Briar edged on road by Randolph

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Sweet Briar soccer fell 2-0 to host Randolph on Wednesday evening at WildCat Stadium, despite a strong performance that saw the Vixens and WildCats exchange pressure and featured a penalty stop by senior goalkeeper Caroline Thomas.

"They were who we thought they were," said head coach Jason Capps. "We had the right gameplan and we executed well tonight."

Randolph (7-5-0, 2-5-0 ODAC) opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Alex Uzdavinis placed a shot beyond the reach of Thomas (Appomattox, Va.) into the upper-90 of the goal frame. 

We didn't do well to keep pressure on the ball on a strike at an awkward angle and they found the net," Capps said.

Despite pressure from Randolph as the opening half came to a close, the Vixens held the hosts to one goal entering halftime. 

"We did a great job limiting what they wanted to do and stayed disciplined in the back," Capps said.

Thomas created one of the match highlights less than a minute into the second half when she stopped a penalty kick off the foot of Sam Hablas. 

The Vixens looked to push forward for a matching goal, but a a shot by sophomore Sarah Kelley (Swansboro, N.C.) sailed right of the frame in the 72nd minute.

Randolph added an insurance goal in the 80th minute as Sara Bane put Randolph ahead 2-0.

Thomas recorded 15 saves, while Kelley took the Vixens' lone shot on Wednesday.

"I love our fight," Capps added. "We fought nose-to-nose tonight and the team got a glimpse of where we are headed and beyond, very soon. I'm proud of this group and their continued growth."

The Vixens conclude the 2018 road slate on on Saturday, October 20, with a 3 p.m. kickoff scheduled at Roanoke.