LEXINGTON, Va. - A back and forth, hard fought match saw Amy Horney convert on a penalty kick in the 85th minute, sending the VMI Keydets past the ETSU Bucs, 1-0, in SoCon women's soccer action Sunday in Lexington, Va. It marked VMI's first-ever win over the Bucs in five total meetings.
After a match that had seen each team control play at times as the squads matched each other nearly shot for shot, Julianne Knoblett of VMI (4-8-1, 1-2-1 SoCon) was pulled down well inside the box, to the right of ETSU (3-9, 1-3) keeper Lea Ann Cutshall. The resultant foul gave VMI a penalty kick, which Horney converted to Cutshall's right for the eventual game-winner.
The winning shot was Horney's second career converted PK, and she became just the fifth player in school history to be successful on multiple penalty tries in a career.
VMI had the first run of play on the cool, fall day, but could not seriously test Cutshall despite having five of the first six shots of the match. ETSU came back in the latter portion of the first half, and saw a header by leading scorer Eleonora Goldoni bang off the crossbar to keep the match scoreless in the 35th minute.
The contest remained scoreless at halftime, and ETSU had a pair of chances in the first 25 minutes of the period. A sliding shot from 18 yards out by Sarah Connolly, on what would have been a spectacular goal, hit off the bar and bounced away. That came in the 55th minute, while in the 69th, Ceci Keppeler made a diving save on a Beatrice Abati try to keep things scoreless. The next shot on goal for either team was the eventual game-winner by Horney.
On the day, ETSU outshot VMI by a 17-15 margin. Keppeler made five saves to Cutshall's two, while both teams managed three corner kicks.
VMI women's soccer will return to action Friday, when the Keydets travel to Chattanooga, Tenn. to take on the Mocs of UTC. Game time is set for 7 p.m.