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Graves’s Late Goal Lifts @CentreWSoccer to Win at Washington & Lee

Graves’s Late Goal Lifts @CentreWSoccer to Win at Washington & Lee

LEXINGTON, Va. (CentreColonels.com) – The fifth ranked Centre women's soccer team played in the second of five consecutive games away from home as they faced the Washington & Lee Generals on the road. The Colonels defeated the Generals by a score of 2-1 as senior All-American Destinie Graves (Lexington, Ky.) provided some late game heroics.

In a game that played out opposite to the start of Centre's first four games, it was the Colonels who were on the defensive early on in the contest. Senior keeper Olivia Alford (Louisville, Ky.) had a busy opening half, recording five saves in the first frame. Thanks to the strong play of Alford, the Colonels withstood the early onslaught and the game calmed down towards the end of the half.

In the 36th minute, the Colonels got on the board first as sophomore Maddie Coleman (Georgetown, Ky.) scored off an assist by Destinie Graves. Neither team would have any scoring chances for the rest of the half as the Colonels went into the locker room with a 1-0 lead.

Washington & Lee would tie the game at 1-1 just eight minutes into the second half on a goal by Katie Pettit, marking the first goal surrendered by the Colonels in the 2016 season. Pettit would have another scoring chance for the Generals just one minute later but her shot ricocheted off the crossbar.

Alford and Generals goalkeeper Maggie Nolan would keep the game tied for the next 35 minutes, saving every shot aimed in their direction. In the 89th minute, Coleman and Graves would connect once more, this time with Coleman setting up Graves for her fourth goal of the year to give Centre a 2-1 lead. Washington & Lee would have one more shot at a tie in the 89th minute but Kristen Castle's attempt sailed wide.

The Generals outshot the Colonels 16-11, with each team attempting seven shots in the second half. Alford finished the game with eight saves, marking a season high.

The Colonels will stay at Washington & Lee for the second day of the W&L Classic on Sunday. Centre will face Bridgewater (Va.) on Sunday before traveling to Wittenberg and Denison later in the week.