ALL-TIME LEADER! Emma O'Reilly Breaks Career Goals Record in 2-0 Win Over Fredonia State
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Emma O'Reilly already had the career goals scored record. She tied it last season with her 37th tally in the USA South Championship Game, ending her junior season by matching Sam Ciaravino's school record. All but a foregone conclusion that she would take over sole possession of the record this year, the Captains senior forward wasted no time in placing her name atop the charts alone, scoring both goals in a 2-0 season-opening win over Fredonia State on Saturday.
The Captains (1-0) opened the year with a shutout win over one of the East Region's top teams in 2012, SUNY Fredonia (0-1). The Blue Devils posted a 12-4-3 record a year ago and were the first stop in a formidable 2013 slate for the Captains, under first year head coach Dan Weiler. That said, the Captains dominated the action on Saturday, laying claim to a win on the first day of the 2013 Marlins Classic on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan College.
O'Reilly notched her record-breaking tally just 14:09 into the game, as senior Bupe Okeowo found her on a feed down the middle. O'Reilly received the pass on the run and blasted a hard shot into the left side of the goal to take a 1-0 lead.
Then, in the second half, she added her 39th career goal on an unassisted shot from inside the box. She collected a loose ball on the right side and poked in the insurance goal with less than 30 minutes remaining on the clock.
The insurance was not necessary, though, as freshman goalkeeper Haley Casanova notched her first career shutout victory, forced to make just one save. The Captains defense, led by All-State senior sweeper Alexis Stahlman, allowed just four shots in the contest, as CNU dominated from start to finish.
The Captains outshot the Blue Devils 23-4, including a commanding 13-1 advantage in shots on-goal. Newcomer Lindsay Mondloch led the way in attempts, taking six shots with five on-frame. O'Reilly's two goals came on three shots on-goal, while seven different players forced Fredonia State keeper Hannah McGlinchey to make a stop.
Maria Green got off a pair of shots for Fredonia State, leading the way with their only shot on-goal, but the story was clearly the CNU defense, as Kelsey Thomas, Abby Johnson, Erin O'Shaughnessy and Stahlman held the Blue Devils in check.
Game two in the Marlins Classic is set for Sunday at 4:00 pm, as the Captains take on former conference rivals from Meredith College (0-0-1). The Avenging Angels fought to a scoreless draw against the host Marlins in the day's first game.