Three former Western Albemarle Warrior Girls Soccer players—Marina Clark, Rachel Cooke, and Christine Domecq —are members of the Lynchburg College women’s soccer team that defeated perennial power Messiah College on penalty kicks to advance to the NCAA Division III Final Four in Kansas City, Missouri. They will meet Illinois Wesleyan in the national semi-finals on December 5.
The Lynchburg Hornets are currently 26-0-1 and recently won their fifth straight ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) regular season and tournament championship. The Hornets were ranked number one in the country in the last regular season NSCAA coaches’ poll and are making only the second trip to the NCAA Final Four in school history.
Marina Clark, a sophomore, has started 25 of the 27 games in midfield and scored 19 goals, which places her fifth on a team that is ranked third in the country in scoring offense. Rachel Cooke, a freshman, has played 15 of the 27 games and scored four goals for the Hornets. Christine Domecq, a red-shirt freshman, has played in 22 of the 27 games and has started twice for a defensive team that is ranked first in the nation, having only given up four goals in 27 games.
All three players were members of the Western Albemarle girls soccer team that played for Jake Desch and won two consecutive regular season Jefferson District championships in 2012 and 2013 as well as the Jefferson district tournament in 2013.
If the Hornets defeat Illinois Wesleyan, they will play the winner of the Johns-Hopkins/Williams College semi-final Saturday, December 6, for the National Championship.