BRISTOL, Va. - Union College junior Aline Dalmedico scored the eventual game-winner late in the first half, lifting the Bulldogs to a 1-0 win over Virginia Intermont at Sugar Hollow Park on Wednesday evening in Appalachian Athletic Conference action.
With the win, Union snapped a three game losing streak, improving to 2-7 overall, 2-3 in the AAC. Virginia Intermont fell to 0-9 with the loss, 0-5 in the AAC.
Throughout the first half, Union had several opportunities to break the scoreless tie, with Dalmedico taking three shots (two of which were saved by VI goalie Rebeccah Noll). Finally, with 3:38 left in the first half, Dalmedico cashed in on a scoring chance, scoring her ninth goal of the season. Sophomore Payten Walters was credited with an assist on the play, as Union took a one-score lead.
VI had a chance to tie things up before the half, as Chelsey Munday lined up for a penalty kick. However, she was turned away by Bulldog goalie Kendall Ellington, who made a save on the play to preserve the one-score lead for Union going into the intermission.
In the second half, Union was unable to score the go-ahead goal, as Noll posted a fine effort in net, ending the night with 13 saves. It did not matter, however, as the Bulldog defense was just as strong, with Ellington earning her first career shutout victory after making five saves on the night.
Overall, Union outshot VI 22-9 in the match, and held a 5-4 edge on corner kicks.
Union will now take the week off, returning to action next Wednesday, Oct. 9 when they host Montreat in an AAC tilt. Things get underway at 1 p.m. at Burch/Nau Field.