Written By: Victoria Williamson ~ Assistant Sports Editor
Marlou Wendriks prepares to pass the ball. Credit to Lynchburg Sports Network.
Finishing off the conference season, both the Lynchburg men’s soccer team and women’s field hockey team took the win in their ODAC Championship matches. The matches final score revealed soccer defeated Washington & Lee 3 -1, and field hockey going 2 – 1 against Shenandoah.
This being her ninth season as assistant head coach for the women’s field hockey team, Jenni Releford treated the match like any other.
“We did a lot of repetition with the girls, just treating the practice before like we would for a normal upcoming game. As long as we stick with the game plan and our girls show up, we are such a lethal team,” said Releford.
Playing in all 24 games of this fall season, sophomore defensive player Marlou Wendriks credits the team’s success to the positive work environment.
“We all work hard at practices, and we talk a lot. In drills we communicate honestly and genuinely listen to each other in order to get better, and that has worked really well for us,” said Wendriks.
Pictured: Coach Yeager on Shellenberger Field. Credit to Lynchburg Sports Network.
After the 4-0 loss against Washington & Lee earlier in the season, men’s soccer head coach Chris Yeager prepared to face them again in the ODAC championship match.
“We showed them that we played very well against them for parts of the game, and looked at areas we could improve for the championship,” said Yeager.
This outlook gained the team their 19th ODAC championship, and a ticket into the NCAA tournament.
“The highlight of the game was watching the team celebrate the win with each other and their families,” said Yeager.
Both teams showed great dedication and perseverance that allowed them to take these wins home with them, and #WONNATION is looking good as Lynchburg wraps up the fall sports season.