WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Junior Emory Camper scored the game-winning goal in the 52nd as the William and Mary women’s soccer team won its third straight Colonial Athletic Association match with a 2-1 victory over Delaware on Sunday afternoon.
The Tribe, which is unbeaten in its last 10 matches, improves to 6-1-4, 3-0-0 in CAA play, while the Blue Hens fall to 7-6-0, 1-2-0.
William and Mary didn’t waste anytime scoring the opening goal in just the ninth minute of the match. Senior Audrey Barry found classmate Dani Rutter at the top right corner of the box. Rutter sent a cross into the box that found sophomore Katie Johnston, who guided the ball into the back of the net. The goal, which was the second of the season for Johnston, lifted the Green and Gold to a 1-0 advantage. Both Rutter and Barry received credit for an assist on the tally.
Following the goal, Delaware went on the attack looking to find the equalizer. In the 13th minute, Natalie Zelenky put a bullet on frame, but sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Casey was there for the save. Moments later, Andrea Arnold had a shot, but she pushed it wide.
Casey came up big for the Tribe in the first half. She made five total saves in the frame. Casey and the Tribe backline withstood nine total shots from the Blue Hens and kept the Green and Gold up, 1-0, at halftime.
Delaware continued to fight and found the equalizer in the 49th minute. Shannon Kearney sent a long cross from the right side of the field that found Zelenky. Zelenky fired her shot off of Casey, but the ball had enough momentum to squeak into the goal. The tally tied the match 1-1.
The College answered with the eventual game-winner just three minutes later. Sophomore Nicole Baxter found Camper at the top of the box. Camper brought the ball down and rocketed a shot into the lower left corner of the net, putting W&M up 2-1. The goal was Camper’s team-best seventh of the season.
Delaware and William and Mary traded chances for the rest of regulation, but neither could add another goal. The Blue Hens did outshoot the Tribe, 22-10, including an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal. Casey came up with seven saves on the afternoon for W&M.
With the win, the Tribe has reeled off three straight victories and has not been beaten since their season opener against Georgetown on Aug. 25.
The Green and Gold continues its season-long four-match home stand on Thursday, Oct. 10 when they welcome Towson to Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.