WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Junior Clara Logsdon scored in the 37th minute, and the defense made it stand up, as the William & Mary women’s soccer team topped UNCW 1-0 on Senior Day on Sunday afternoon in Williamsburg. With the decision the Tribe improved to 9-3-1, 3-1-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while the Seahawks fell to 10-4-1, 3-2-0 in league action.
Following the match, the women’s soccer program honored its nine seniors, who were playing their final regular season home match at Martin Family Stadium. Seniors Nicole Baxter, Ashley Booth, Caroline Casey, Samantha Cordum, Leci Irvin, Katie Johnston, Meghan Musgrove, Barbara Platenberg, and Jessica Van Dyke were all honored in the post match ceremony.
W&M opened the game on the offensive, and nearly had a goal in the match’s first four minutes. In the third minute, sophomore Rachel Moore fired a shot towards the goal, but it was blocked. On the ensuing corner kick, Baxter found Moore and this time her shot had to be saved off of the backline by a Seahawk defender for the team save.
In the sixth minute, the Seahawks also missed a chance to go up 1-0. Off of a corner kick by Kennedy Ulrich, Morgan Leyble was able to put a shot on target that had to be saved off the goalline of the Tribe for a team save.
UNCW had a string of three shots in a seven-minute stretch midway through the first half, but the Tribe defense stood strong. In the 17th minute, Katrina Guillou put a shot on frame, but Casey came up with the save. In the 21st minute, Stephanie Bronson fired a shot and again Casey made the stop. The final chance came on a shot from Maddie McCormick, but it sailed high.
In the 37th minute, the Seahawks were whistled for a foul in the Tribe attacking third. Baxter lined up a free kick and sent sophomore Haley Kent out wide left. Kent served a ball that found Logsdon and the middle of the box. The junior directrf the ball into the right corner of the goal. Logsdon second goal of the season lifted the Tribe to a 1-0 lead.
The Seahawks responded with two shots on target before the end of the half, but Casey stopped both. The senior made saves on 39th minute shot from Lauren Nalevaiko, and a chance from Leyble in the 40th minute.
W&M opened the second half with two of the first three shots of the period. The first came on an attempt from Irvin it but landed just wide, before Cordum had her shot blocked.
UNCW just missed a chance to find the equalizer in the 56th minute. Stephanie Bronson found some space and put a shot past a diving Casey, but the ball clanked off of the post and out of play.
The Seahawks had two more quality chances in the match, but neither made their way through. Madison Melnick fired a shot from distance that slipped through the hands of Casey, and rolled toward the goalline. Musgrove, a Tribe defender, raced toward the ball and cleared it off of the goalline to preserve the 1-0 lead. The final chance for UNCW came in the final minute when Olivia Szeker-Cortes sent a laser towards frame, but Casey snagged to end the threat.
Despite the victory, the Tribe was outshot 15-9 in the match, which included an 8-3 mark in shots on goal. Irvin and Moore led the Green and Gold with two shots apiece.
Casey tied a season-high, for the third time, with six saves in the match. She earned her sixth shutout of the season, while continuing to climb up the Tribe record books. She now has 24 career shutouts, which places her one back of fourth place. Casey also has recorded 279 saves, which has her nine away from sole possession of second place.
The Tribe concludes its regular season with five straight matches on the road. The trip opens with a pair of match next weekend at Drexel (Oct. 16) and Delaware (Oct. 18). Kickoffs are set for 7:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. respectively.