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Raggett scores twice in second half to pace Panthers

Raggett scores twice in second half to pace Panthers

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FERRUM — Casey Raggett netted both of Ferrum College’s goals in the final stanza of regulation play Wednesday as the Panthers shut out Emory & Henry College, 2-0, in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) women’s soccer match at Penn-Roediger Field.

Ferrum’s victory is its second in a row.

Both wins are by shutout and both are in conference play.

Raggett broke a scoreless stalemate when she tallied her first goal 21 seconds into the second half. She took an assist from Frances Best and placed a shot past Wasps goalkeeper Kaela Schlevensky from inside the Panthers’ 18-yard scoring zone.

The Panthers (2-0 in the ODAC, 6-2-1 overall) protected their advantage until Raggett, Ferrum’s leading scorer, was able to add to it at 82:57 when she used an assist from Cayla Berry to effectively render the verdict.

Raggett has scored nine goals to date this season which is half of her team’s output. She averages one goal a match.

Ferrum is in first place in the ODAC, one-half a game ahead of five rivals: Randolph-Macon College, Shenandoah University, nationally-ranked Washington and Lee University, Roanoke College and Guilford (North Carolina) College.

The match was the first against Ferrum for three former Franklin County prep standouts: Ashlee Jordan, Amber Altice and Robi Young, each of whom is a freshman.

Jordan (40 minutes) and Altice (24 minutes) started for the Wasps and Young (54 minutes) played significant minutes in reserve.

Jordan, the Piedmont District’s co-Player of the Year as a senior, has started in nine of her team’s 10 matches.

Altice sustained what is likely a season-ending knee injury when she collided with a Ferrum player during the second half. She entered the match having scored three goals for the Wasps (0-3 in the ODAC, 2-7-1 overall), who suffered their third straight loss, all in conference play. The setbacks are by a total of four goals.

Altice has played in too many matches to qualify for a medical red-shirt year, said Emory & Henry head coach McCallie Winstead, a former player at NCAA Division I College of Charleston (South Carolina).

Ironically,, Jordan, Altice and Young saw their high school careers end with a regional tournament loss to Cosby at Ferrum College’s W.B. Adams Stadium, which sits adjacent to Penn-Roediger Field.

Panthers first-year head coach Erin Saleeby is a former Franklin County prep star; she was on the Eagles’ first squad to play for a district championship and advance to regional tournament play. Also, she is a former girls junior varsity head coach for the Eagles.

Ferrum outshot Emory & Henry, 29-2. Its advantage was 17-0 at intermission and 12-2 after halftime.

The Panthers also held a 7-0 edge in corner kicks; they took six of those in the second half.

“We started off slow in the first half with a lot of possessions, but we couldn’t get it together in the final third (of the field),’’ Saleeby said.

“After halftime, we made a few adjustments and came out a lot better and hungrier to score goals,’’ Saleeby said.

“I’m proud of the team for finishing strong,’’ Saleeby said.

Raggett scored her goals on a match-high eight shots

Ten other players accounted for 21 shots: Best (5), Berry (3), Jenelle Manni (2), Jenna Janicki (2), Melina Turner (2), Victoria Wagner (2), Alex Mattson (2), Allison Setlak (1), Ysabella Bettilyon (1) and Danielle Coulter (1).

Schlevensky (2-3) finished the match with 11 saves, 10 of which she registered in the first half. She played all 90 minutes in net.

Ferrum senior goalkeeper Taylor Dodson (5-0-1) collected one save — it was recorded in the second half- in 90 minutes of action.

The Wasps were assessed eight fouls — two in the first half and six in the second half — while the Panthers were called for four fouls — all after halftime.

Emory & Henry’s roster consists of 13 true freshmen, one red-shirt freshman, five sophomores, four juniors and one senior.

Ferrum returns to action Saturday against ODAC rival Sweet BriarCollege.

Match time in Amherst is 4 p.m.

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