Lynchburg, Va-- The University of Lynchburg women's soccer team defeated the Spirits of Salem, 6-1, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference matchup. It was the Lynchburg women's soccer program's 500th win, making the Hornets one of just a handful of programs to reach that milestone.
Senior forward Hannah Olds (Wilmington, N.C.) led the Hornets with three goals, her second-career hat trick.
Senior forward Caitlin Mertens (Succasunna, N.J.) also racked up two goals. Mertens leads the ODAC with 20 goals and 45 points; she became the sixth player in Lynchburg women's soccer history to score 20 goals in a season, and her 54 career goals put her in a tie for sixth in program lore.
Final: Lynchburg 6, Salem 1
Records: Lynchburg 12-2-1, Salem 6-10
Venue: Shellenberger Field, University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Va.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Mertens got Lynchburg on the board with an assist by senior midfielder Kennedy Jakubek (Leesburg, Va.) in the 13th minute.
The Hornets moved to a 3-0 lead after Mertens took a feed from Smith and dribbled the ball past the keeper for her second goal in the 65th minute.
Salem's Alyssa Denkovich notched a shot right over the goalie in the net, but Lynchburg quickly responded with back-to-back goals by Olds in the 76th and 77th minutes. Junior forward Alyssa Rudy (Greencastle, Pa.) assisted the latter.
Junior midfielder Taylor Stevens (Clayton, N.C.) finished out the second half with an unassisted goal in the 84th minute and brought the Hornets to a final 6-1 victory.
Lynchburg will get ready to face the Washington and Lee Generals on Shellenberger Field Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. to kick off Homecoming week. This will be a CODE RED match.