Williams, Slavick Lead @AU_WSoccer to Home-Opening Victory

Toni Williams scored her first collegiate goal in a 2-1 win over VMI

WASHINGTONToni Williams and Charly Slavick both scored in the first half to lead the American University women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over VMI on Thursday at Reeves Field.

American (1-2) held a 13-11 edge in shots but had eight chances at goal. The Eagles opened the scoring in the 22nd minute on Williams' first collegiate goal. Yari Bradfield sent a cross near the corner flag into the box that was received by Kyanna Alleyne. A scramble ensued which allowed Williams to tap the ball past Keydets keeper Ceci Keppler.

The Eagles added their second goal 16 minutes later as Slavick took a dribbler that snuck under Keppler to give AU a 2-0 advantage into the half.

Keppler nearly allowed the Eagles to take a 3-0 lead when she took out Williams on a breakaway. The keeper received a yellow card, but Bradfield was unable to convert on the penalty kick sailing the ball wide of the net.  

VMI pressed the Eagles during the final five minutes, and was rewarded with a goal with 32 seconds left when Natalie Carpenter tapped in a loose ball in front of the net. 

AU keeper Amy Krotine made three saves for her second career win. Keppler had six saves for the Keydets. 

American heads back on the road this weekend when it meets VCU on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Check the AU Women's soccer twitter account @AU_WSoccer for the postgame interview with head coach Anabel Hering.