Freshman Lauren Heap posted two goals in the win.
Oct. 1, 2010
CINCINNATI -- The Xavier women's soccer team opened Atlantic 10 Conference play with a bang Friday night with a 4-1 rout of La Salle. The Musketeers (5-5-0, 1-0-0 A-10) downed the Explorers (6-5-1, 0-1-0 A-10) in a very physical match that saw a total of 23 fouls and several bookings.
"Tonight's result was a testament to the commitment our team has made to being able to compete in the Atlantic 10," said Xavier head coach Woody Sherwood. "LaSalle will win a lot of games in the conference this year. They are very athletic, have a lot of talented soccer players and are dangerous in the final third. To hold them to one goal was a tremendous accomplishment. Getting four goals ourselves was a great way to start conference play"
The Musketeers jumped out to an early lead in the 12th minute when freshman Mariah Whitaker split the Explorers' defense with several athletic moves before finishing with a five yard strike. Jessica Brooks posted her fifth goal of the season just three minutes later as she beat La Salle goalkeeper Gabby Pakhtigian in the open field and fired an 18 yard shot that found the goal.
XU was leading 2-0 at the beginning of the second frame when Anna Dolhansky followed up a XU deflection to cut the XU lead to 2-1.
The Musketeers pulled away though on two goals by freshman Lauren Heap. Heap headed in a Carly Wenzel free kick in the 71st minute to give the Musketeers a 3-1 edge. She followed that goal with a strike off a Chelsea Burns corner kick in the 81st minute.
Friday's 4-1 performance marked not only a season high in goals for the Musketeers this season, but also the most goals scored at home by an XU squad since a 5-0 performance in 2007.
The Musketeers will look to go 2-0 in A-10 play Sunday as they play host to Fordham at 1 p.m.