LEXINGTON — No. 2 seed Washington and Lee University, ranked No. 22 in NCAA Division III, tallied three goals in the first half and one after intermission en route to 4-0 triumph over No. 7 seed Ferrum College Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) women’s soccer tournament.
With the win, the Generals (16-1-2) advance to Saturday’s semifinals against No. 3 seed Virginia Wesleyan University, a 2-1 quarterfinal-round winner over No. 6 seed Shenandoah University.
Ferrum’s season, its first under direction of head coach Erin Saleeby, ends with the loss, its second in a row, both by shutout.
The Panthers (9-8-2), who suffered their second loss of the season to the Generals and their fourth in an abbreviated series, suffered a setback in the tournament’s quarterfinal round for the second year in a row.
The Panthers, who completed their second year of ODAC competition, has a 1-2 record in the league’s postseason tournament.
The Generals are in the tournament semifinals for the first time since 2016.
Washington and Lee did not allow a shot by Ferrum — at match’s end, the Generals held edges in shots (35-0), shots on goal (17-0) and corner kicks (15-0).
Four players, each with one, accounted for the Generals’ goals; three of those goals were produced by an assist.
Scoring in the first half were Emily Leding at 18:11, Sydney von Rosenberg at 37:09 and Laney Smith at 41:01.
Grace Wielechowski completed the scoring at 71:55.
Leding’s tally was unassisted. Caitlin Barnes passed out an assist and Emily Roche’ distributed two.
Leding (4), von Rosenberg (4), Smith (4) and Wielechowski (5) are multiple goals scorers this season.
Eleven players accounted for the Generals’ shots. Six of those players registered multiple attempts.
Jasmine Furin (3-0) was the winning goal keeper.
Taylor Dodson (7-7-2), playing in her final match for the Panthers, collected 13 saves.
Washington and Lee committed seven fouls, while Ferrum committed four.
The Generals had four scoring chances nullified by offsides violations.