Davidson goes back to back to back to back

Those who took a bathroom break while streaming Virginia Wesleyan women’s soccer away against Randolph potentially could have missed Alex Davidson’s historic night –  she scored four goals, and she did so in just four minutes.

Davidson is a junior forward and Virginia Beach native. She transferred to Virginia Wesleyan her sophomore year after playing a year at Old Dominion University. In her time as an ODU Monarch, Davidson appeared in 16 matches. She scored her first collegiate goal in a game against George Mason and then she also had a goal in a game against East Carolina. Davidson not only proved herself a capable Division I competitor, but also a capable student; she was named to the Conference USA honor roll.  

In her sophomore season at Virginia Wesleyan, she led the team in points (31), goals (12) and assists (7) according to vwuathletics.com.   

The Marlins traveled to Randolph after a grueling double overtime tie versus Roanoke at home three days prior. The squad was in need of a conference win, and it was not until Davidson’s hot foot that this seemed likely.

It was a quiet first half as both teams went scoreless. “The first half I think they came out really hard. They played good defense, and they came out a lot quicker than we expected…we weren’t exactly finding each other’s feet,” Davidson said.  

Davidson’s first goal came from a penalty kick in the 76’ of play. Then only 42 seconds later, she scored again. Her third goal came off of a steal from a defender, followed by a dummy that sent another defender flying and then a shot that soared into the top of the goal in the 78’. Going beyond just a hat trick, Davidson then scored her fourth goal off of an assist from Anna Pedicone at the 80:05 minute mark; her fourth goal in four minutes and five seconds.

Her teammates jumped with excitement on the sideline as Davidson heated up. “Initially it was kind of stressful because I think we just needed a goal to relieve the pressure, and then once we got that everyone was just so hype. It was just one after another, were in that half for the rest of the game,” Davidson said.

Surprisingly, Davidson’s performance did not top any section of the record book as the NCAA does not provide statistics for fastest four consecutive goals by the same player. However, she still got her name in the records because in the NCAA record book for Division III there is a statistic for fastest three consecutive goals by the same player. Davidson now sits in sixth as her first three goals were scored in 2:07 seconds of play. The leader of this list is Mallory Koula of Lawrence University, who in 2011 scored three goals in just 42 seconds.

Following her busy night against Randolph, Davidson continued her scoring campaign as she helped seal a win over Emory and Henry on the road, the team’s second-straight ODAC victory. In this game she assisted Pedicone’s goal in the first minute of play (1:20) and then scored off of a header in the 18’.

For her efforts these past two games, Davidson earned the ODAC Player of the week for the week ending on Sept. 30.

She has logged five goals, one assist and 11 points for the year so far.

Megan Sherman