The women's soccer team lost to LaGrange College on Salamone Field on Wednesday evening, 4-1. After a 45 minute delay waiting for the officials to arrive, the two teams got off to a slow start before finishing the contest with a flurry of goals.
The teams tested one another out for most of the first half, alternating chances at the target before the Panthers broke through with a tally in the 33rd minute to claim the lead. The Petrels tried to counter furiously, cracking 11 shots to LaGrange's 5 in the first half, but Oglethorpe could not break through.
The score remained the same deep into the second half before a frenzied finish to the match. The Panthers seemingly took control of the game with a strike in the 75th minute to take a 2-0 lead. With two starters out due to injury and only two bench players available, there seemed to be little hope for the Petrels. Then, in the 85th minute, Eliza Newland found Kristen Koch onsides in the far corner and Koch finished the play beautifully with a powerful, angling shot from 25 yards out.
With new life, the Petrels stepped forward, won the faceoff and challenged the Panthers down the right side of the pitch. LaGrange, however, intercepted a pass and counter-attacked decisively to connect for a dagger of a goal on a through ball from midfield that was finished skillfully. The Panthers would add yet another goal in the 88th minute on a long cross that was stabbed into the net from the back of the box to provide the final 4-1 margin.
Oglethorpe is now 1-7-1 on the season and will travel to Memphis to face Rhodes College this Friday afternoon.