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Nelson Contributes to All Four Goals as #1 R-MC Women’s Soccer Tops #8 LYN 4-1

Gabby Nelson dribbling the ball
Gabby Nelson

ASHLAND, Va. – Senior forward Gabby Nelson (Clover, Va./Halifax County) scored two goals, had an assist, and was fouled in the box to force a penalty kick, all in the second half, as the 14th-ranked and top-seeded Randolph-Macon women's soccer team defeated eighth-seeded and defending conference champion Lynchburg 4-1 on Wednesday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the 2019 ODAC Tournament.

The Basics:

Score: Randolph-Macon 4, Lynchburg 1

Location/Venue: Ashland, Va./Day Field

Records: Randolph-Macon 19-0-0, Lynchburg 11-8-1

How it Happened:

  • The Hornets controlled play early, especially in the midfield. Junior midfielder Casey Kent (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) had a free kick from 25 yards out in the 13th minute that went high for the Yellow Jackets. R-MC outshot Lynchburg 14-3 in the first half, but neither team was able to score.
  • Each team had two shots in the first eight minutes of the second half. Nelson was taken down in the box in the 57th minute. Kent nailed the penalty kick to give the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 lead. The Hornets would net the equalizer one minute later to level the score at 1-1. In the 66th minute, Nelson fed sophomore forward Tyria Smalls (Fredericksburg, Va./Massaponax), who beat the keeper in front of the net to put R-MC ahead for good at 2-1. Nelson added a pair of insurance goals, both assisted by sophomore forward Nicole Czyzewski (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian). Nelson took a long pass from Czyzewski, split a pair of defenders and put the ball in the left side of the net in the 68th minute to make it 3-1. Three minutes later, Czyzewski sent a pass forward from near midfield. Nelson took the ball and beat the keeper to the right side as the lead grew to 4-1.

By The Numbers:

  • Nelson is now second in the nation with 27 goals, 61 points and nine game-winning goals.
  • R-MC finished with a 24-12 advantage in shots, including 9-5 for shots on goal. Kent had nine shots, while Nelson added six.
  • Senior Christina Newman (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) had one save in the first half, while sophomore Edye Carr (Clinton, N.C./Clinton) recorded three in the second half for the Yellow Jackets.

For The Record:

  • R-MC added to its program record for most wins to start a season at 19. The Yellow Jackets also set a program mark for most consecutive wins in a single season.
  • R-MC remains at #5 in the third NCAA South Atlantic regional ranking: 1) TCNJ 14-1-1, 2) Christopher Newport 15-1-3, 3) Centre 19-0-0, 4) Emory 12-4-0, 5) Randolph-Macon 18-0-0, 6) Montclair State 12-5-2, 7) Roanoke 13-5-1, 8) Salisbury 13-2-3

Up Next:

  • Top-seeded Randolph-Macon will host #4 Bridgewater in the semifinals of the ODAC Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 9 at noon on the R-MC Soccer Field. No. 2 Washington and Lee will follow against No. 3 Virginia Wesleyan at 3 p.m. The Championship Game will be played on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. on the R-MC Soccer Field.