Women’s Soccer Shoots By Peace In Prep For A-10 Opener
DAVIDSON — Hailey Braemer and Carmen Wagner scored two goals apiece, and the Davidson defense shutout William Peace 7-0 in the Wildcats’ final pre-conference match Wednesday night at Alumni Stadium.
In all, 24 Wildcats stepped onto the pitch Wednesday night, with many of the younger reserve players getting what coach Adam Denton said was valuable playing experience as the league season starts with a visit from George Mason Sunday.
“We have to make sure we’re in a position that our players have gained as much experience as possible in this unique season,” he said. “Really proud of the players, always good to win at home and score some goals. Now we want to use it as a platform as we start our conference games on Sunday.”
Remi White and Braemer struck in the third and sixth minutes, respectively, to give the Wildcats an early lead, and they never looked back.
“We got off to an extremely quick start with a couple of early goals that settled the game down,” said Denton. “After that, we controlled a lot of the possession and created some good opportunities, building through the field into the final third.”
Braemer added another goal in the 21st minute, and Carmen Wagner’s first career goal in the 34th minute made it 4-0 at the intermission.
Wagner’s second goal came in the 74th minute, nearly 13 minutes after Emma Alitz made it 5-0 with her first career goal, and Shea Bonacci completed the scoring in the 76th minute with her first-ever Wildcat goal. Braemer, White, Bonacci, Riley Patton and Kendall Bushick registered assists.
Meanwhile in goal, Mary Grace Bunch and Taylor O’Byrne combined for the shutout, with O’Byrne playing nearly 70 minutes and making the two necessary saves.
The eight-game A-10 season begins at 2 p.m. Sunday with a visit from George Mason.