Lynchburg College women’s soccer team travels to two Old Dominion Athletic Conference schools this week with high-scoring Angela Bosco and record-setting Dessi Dupay leading the way for the 7-0 Hornets.
Bosco, a mercurial 5-foot-1 senior, is ninth in the nation among NCAA Division III players averaging 3.67 points per game. The forward has scored 10 goals and added two assists for the red-hot Hornets.
While there are eight players who’ve scored more points per game than Bosco, none play for nationally-ranked schools. Bosco is tops among players from teams ranked in the HeroSports poll. The Hornets are rated #6 by HeroSports and 8th in the NCAA Division III Top 25.
Dupuy, a 5-foot-5 senior forward, holds the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s career goals record. She set the record with her 80th career score against Bridgewater early in September, surpassing former Lynchburg star Karen O’Connor’s mark of 79 goals.
Dupay has seven goals and four assists this season for 18 points. Bosco’s 10 goals and two assists account for 28 points. Morgan Singer, a sophomore, has 11 points on four goals and three assists.
We knew Dessi was good, the question was whether she could do it at this level. She had a crazy 27 goals as a freshman. She said, ‘Coach, I want to score 100 goals.
“We knew Dessi was good,” head coach Todd Olsen told WSET TV. “The question was whether she could do it at this level. She had a crazy 27 goals as a freshman. She said, ‘Coach, I want to score 100 goals’ and I said, ‘Okay, let’s see what she can do.’ She’s on track so she’s done amazing.”
Dupay downplays the notion of achieving that goal.
“I just kind of set the goal and kind of was thinking there’s no possible way,” she said. “Once I started scoring, it seemed like it was more within reach.”
Bosco has scored more goals than Dupay this year, but raves about her teammate’s scoring ability.
“She’s just such a hard worker,” Bosco told WSET. “I think that she’s always in the right spot at the right time, She’s knows how to finish the ball no matter where she is on the field.”
Lynchburg heads to Virginia Wesleyan College Thursday. The clubs are tied atop the conference standings with 2-0 marks, trailing first-place Washington & Lee University with its 3-0 mark. The Marlins are 4-3-2 overall. Both clubs dumped Averett University and Emory & Henry College. The Hornets and Marlins have met in three of the last six ODAC title games. Lynchburg came away with three straight conference titles.
The Hornets test Eastern Mennonite University Saturday.