Ewing Township, N.J. -- Lynchburg College's women's soccer season came to a close in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Division III tournament Saturday with a 5-0 loss to top-ranked The College of New Jersey.
The Lions (21-0) came out as the aggressors right away, scoring on their second shot, a fourth-minute one-on-one finish by Christine Levering. TCNJ's Kelly Carolan scored after controlling a scramble in the box and finished in the eighth minute for a 2-0 Lions lead.
Lynchburg's defense hunkered down after the early onslaught, though, and created opportunities for the Hornets at the other end. Junior wing Katie Waring (Chester, Va.) made a run that resulted in a shot and a Hornet corner kick in the 18th minute, their best scoring chance of the first half.
LC (20-4) carried momentum out of halftime as well. The Hornets took the first two shots of the second period, one off Waring's head and another off her foot, and controlled the midfield in the early going. In the 62nd minute, junior forward Kennedy Jakubek (Leesburg, Va.) split the midfield several times. One good look was blocked by the Lions defense at close range. Another sailed just high.
Minutes later, sophomore midfielder Georgie Duggan (Stafford, Va.) had a look at the goal off a Brooke Kowalski (Wayne, N.J.) corner kick that was deflected, and Waring missed again on a good run, just wide.
TCNJ reclaimed the match after Lynchburg's push, however, as a 30-yard free kick from Jen McGrogan found the upper right corner of the goal in the 76th minute. The Lions added two more late scores to put the match away.
LC has reached 11 straight NCAA tournaments and won at least one tournament game in its last four appearances. The 2017 campaign was also the Hornets' first trip to the Sweet 16 since the program's national championship run in 2014.
This year's team finishes the season with the program's 15th Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship under its belt, and it made the 18th NCAA appearance in program history. The team also earned Lynchburg head coach Dr. Todd Olsen the 400th victory of his head-coaching career this season.