Virginia Wesleyan Drops NCAA Second Round Contest to TCNJ

Virginia Wesleyan goalkeeper Alicia Zamora
Virginia Wesleyan goalkeeper Alicia Zamora

EWING, N.J. --- Virginia Wesleyan University saw its season come to a close on Sunday afternoon as the Marlins dropped a 3-0 decision to host The College of New Jersey in NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament second round action. The loss leaves VWU with a 15-7-1 overall record.

TCNJ moves on to the sectional round of the tournament, slated for the weekend of November 17-19. Locations and matchups of the remaining four team pods will be announced following each of Sunday's second round contests, although the Lions do know their grouping will consist of Messiah College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the winner of Christopher Newport University or Lynchburg College.

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TCNJ remained unbeaten at 20-0 following a largely dominant effort in which the Lions out-shot Virginia Wesleyan, 32-2.

The Lions jumped on the board with the first of their two opening-frame goals in the 13th minute. Elizabeth Thoreson finished off a thru ball from Jessica Goldman for a 1-0 lead. A little more than 11 minutes later, Goldman and Thoreson switched roles as Goldman headed home a cross from Thoreson five-yards in front of VWU's net.

TCNJ secured the game's final tally just 2:36 into the second half. Goldman was again in on the effort as she fed Christine Levering, who finished off the effort with a strike inside the near-post.

Virginia Wesleyan keeper Alicia Zamora was busy with nine total saves including seven in the second half. Marli Hayward and Julia Downing registered the Marlins shots, although both were deemed off-target.

Stay tuned to www.ncaa.com for further updates to the NCAA bracket and hosting locations for the sectional round.