The Oglethorpe women's soccer team saw their season not get off to the kind of start they would like Thursday afternoon, as they allowed a goal to the homestanding Agnes Scott Scotties 40 seconds into the game and went on to lose 3-1 in Decatur, Georgia. However, a solid stretch to end the game, which included a goal, gave the 0-1 Stormy Petrels some momentum as they push forward towards Saturday's home opener.
The Agnes Scott goal 40 seconds in proved to the game's only tally in the first half, and the Petrels responded after that by outshooting the Scotties 7-5 over the course of the period and by taking three corner kicks to Agnes Scott's two, but the visitors were unable to find an equalizing goal.
Agnes Scott put the game away in the second half with goals in the 65th and 71st minutes, giving themselves a 3-0 edge which would not be relinquished. However, the Petrels did answer back with a goal of their own in the 88th minute from freshman forward Kayla Trice. It was her first career goal, coming in her first career game, and it pulled the Petrels back to within two goals at 3-1.
For the game, Agnes Scott outshot the Petrels 19-10, with both teams putting nine shots on goal. The corner kick tally finished 3-2 in favor of Oglethorpe.
Junior midfielder Caitlin Tabilog and freshman midfielder McKenzie Simpson each fired three shots and put them all on target. Trice finished with two shots, both of them on goal. Freshman goalkeeper Deidra Alexander collected six saves in her first career start.
"We didn't start off as well as I would have liked," said Oglethorpe head coach Wes Anania, "but we finished well over the last 10 minutes. Despite the loss, getting a goal and having a positive run of play should help us carry over into Saturday. The effort that we saw the last 10 minutes should carry over into our game plan on Saturday, as well, so hopefully we can carry that over into the full 90 minutes this weekend."
The Petrels will take on USC Aiken in their home opener on Saturday. The game will be played onSalamone Field and will get started at 4 p.m.