EMORY, Va. --Ayanna Virgin made her first two collegiate goals count, posting both in the first seven minutes of play to lift Ferrum College to a 4-1 women's soccer win in its Old Dominion Athletic Conference debut tonight at Fred Selfe Stadium.
Ferrum (4-0-1, 1-0 ODAC)
Emory & Henry (0-8-1, 0-1 ODAC)
Virginia scored her first goal 3:07 into the game off a pass from Casey Raggett. She then poked a rebound off her own shot into the net past E&H goalkeeper Kieran Liseki less than three minutes later and the Panthers took the 2-0 lead into halftime. Gillian Hogg helped Emory & Henry avoid the shutout with an unassisted goal in the 50th minute of play when she corralled a rebound off her own shot and found the back of the Ferrum net. Alexis McCargo and Frances Best netted Ferrum's other two goals in the 61st and 80th minutes of play, respectively, McCargo off another Raggett pass and Best off a cross from the left side by Brianna Honse.
Ferrum: Virgin 2 goals; Raggett 2 asst; McCargo goal; Best goal; GK Taylor Dodson 90 min, 3 saves
Emory & Henry: Hogg goal; GK Liseski 90 min, 11 saves
BEHIND THE WHISTLE
"Tonight's game was a solid way to begin conference competition. I am happy with the collective effort, positive energy and competitiveness of the group. However, I think the performance over the course of the full 90 minutes left something to be desired. To grow into our potential and achieve what we are striving for, our performances have to be cleaner. We have to make fewer errors, and we have to be more connected on defense. If the team stays hungry to improve and strives to make each game better than the one before, we'll start to realize our potential." -- Head Coach James Lofton
Lofton's squad will host Sweet Briar College Friday, Sept. 28. The ODAC game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start.