Women’s soccer: VMI defeats Campbell, 3-0, remains unbeaten

vmiEager to get back into the win column after Friday night’s tie at UNC Asheville, the VMI women’s soccer team came out firing on all cylinders Sunday against host Campbell as the Keydets earned a 3-0 win at Eakes Complex in Buies Creek, North Carolina.

With the victory, the Keydets improve to 5-0-1 on the season to continue the best start in program history. The Camels fall to 1-6-0 for the season.

“It was a great team performance and our best to date,” said VMI head coach Chris Bergmann. “It was a great road trip for us. Our depth led to some great goals for us today. Our defense contained Campbell, which is difficult to do because they have some great players. We stuck to our plan and the girls did a nice job of keeping to their assignments.”

The Keydets only outshot the Camels by a 13-9 margin but were more effective in shot selection to convert on scoring opportunities.

Junior Sierra Brewer earned the game-winning goal, her second of the year, as she took a pass from Blake Cashin and toe poked the ball into the net in the 24th minute for an early 1-0 VMI lead.

Only one minute later, Cashin took her turn and scored her first goal of the season at the 24:36 mark when she received passes from Amber Risheg and goalie Ceci Keppeler to put the Keydet up, 2-0.

VMI freshman and Lexington native Maria Vargas scored her first goal as a Keydet in the 45th minute just before the break as she headed the ball into the net following a free kick from teammate Taylor Callahan for an insurance score.

Whitney Edwards-Roberson, Sam Franklin and Julianne Knoblett led the Keydets in shot attempts with two apiece while seven other were given individual shot attempts.

In her third shutout of the year, VMI senior keeper Ceci Keppeler earned a 4-0-1 record with four saves to keep the Camels out of the net.

The Keydets return to action Thursday with an in-state matchup at Richmond slated for a 7:30 p.m. start in Richmond, Virginia.

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