Bishop records the hat-trick in win at Hollins
ROANOKE, Va. -- Virginia Wesleyan College's 12th-ranked women's soccer team not only remained undefeated with a 7-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory over Hollins University on Saturday, but the Marlins also recorded their second hat-trick in consecutive games.
On Wednesday it was sophomore Brittni Dennis (Stephens City, Va./Sherando) scoring three goals in a 10-0 win over Sweet Briar College. On Saturday, rookie Caitlyn Bishop (Virginia Beach/Princess Anne) (left) knocked in three goals to help VWC extend its best start in program history. The Marlins are now 10-0 overall and 3-0 in the ODAC.
Five Marlins scored goals overall, with Bishop scoring in the 23rd and 37th minutes, and tacking on the final goal of the game in the 74th minute. That final goal came just 13 seconds after Dennis scored off an assist by Jenna Riegel (Sinking Spring, Pa./West Lawn).
Virginia Wesleyan, which improve to 23-0-1 in the series with Hollins, didn't start scoring until the 13th minute. Junior Krista Witmer (Lancaster, Pa./Millersville) knocked the ball in off an assist from junior Jessica Edelman (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional). The assist extended Edelman's scoring streak to 10 consecutive games.
Five seconds after the ball was put back into play following Witmer's goal, the Marlins struck again. This time it was feed from Angel Horowitz (Bushkill, Pa/East Stroudsburg North) to junior Christina Fernandes (Tinton Falls, N.J./Tinton Falls) for the goal. Fernandes has recorded a goal or an assist in three consecutive games, in five of the last six, and in six overall.
Bishop followed with back-to-back goals to push Virginia Wesleyan into a 4-0 halftime lead. A little more than 12 minutes into the second half the Marlins resumed scoring when junior Bre Ingargiola (Bayport, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point) fired the ball past the goalie, set up by a Fernandes assist. Ingargiola has scored in seven of VWC's 10 games to date.
Virginia Wesleyan finished with a 41-4 advantage in shots and a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks. Kristen Norkus (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) came through with 18 saves for Hollins. Junior Rachel Calkins (Pauma Valley, Calif./Temecula Great Oak) played in goal in the first half for VWC. Senior Bethany Bayles (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park) and rookie Alyssa Goodwin (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) shared time in the second half, recording a save each.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Pink Game with Randolph-Macon College at 7 p.m. on Foster Field at the Trinder Center.