Women’s Soccer: Tribe unable to retain early lead; falls to Longwood 2-1

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William and Mary hosted Longwood Aug. 17 at Martin Family Stadium in its only scrimmage. Losing to the Lancers, the Tribe made a valiant effort but ultimately fell 2-1.

Taking an early lead in the 40th minute, freshman forward Kayleigh Shackford unsuccessfully directed a cross on target before being saved by Lancers goalie Mary Kate Levush. However, the rebound found junior midfielder Colleen Norton, who was able to send the ball straight into the net.

Trailing 1-0, the Lancers rebounded by making two goals four minutes apart to hold onto the victory. In the 47th minute, Lancers forward Kennedy Culbreath was able to get behind the Tribe’s defense and take a shot from the left of the 18-yard box into the lower right corner of the net. Four minutes later, Lancers forward Emilie Kupsov assisted Lancers forward Emily Mothersbaugh to score one last time to ensure victory for the Lancers.

If the match had counted, Norton’s would have earned her second career goal and fifth career point, along with Shackford’s first career point.

The Tribe will open its regular season Aug. 22 when it hosts George Washington at Martin Family Stadium at 7 p.m. The opening weekend will continue as the College starts a three-game road swing at South Carolina Aug. 25.