The Oglethorpe women's soccer team found themselves in a tough game against NCAA Division II opponent USC Aiken Saturday afternoon in their home opener at Salamone Field, eventually falling to the visiting Pacers 4-0. The loss dropped the Stormy Petrels to 0-2 on the young season.
The Petrels played well defensively for most of the game, especially over the course of the opening half. They held their Division II opponent scoreless over the opening 45 minutes and kept them to 10 total shots. Only three of the shots were on target, and none of those were particularly menacing.
When the Petrels could gain possession of the ball, they looked to counterattack. They were able to do so on several occasions, tallying five shots total for the game and putting a couple on target.
However, the Pacers opened the game up more in the second half. They scored their opening tally in the 56th minute and then quickly scored another in the 60th, giving themselves a 2-0 lead. As the Oglethorpe defense tired, USC Aiken scored additional goals in the 68th and 74th minutes.
The Pacers outshot the Petrels 26-5 for the game, including 14-2 on goal, and took three corner kicks to none for Oglethorpe.
"I thought the team showed a lot of heart today against a tough Division II team," said Oglethorpe head coach Wes Anania. "Our desire to carry out the game plan was evident from the get-go. Unfortunately, we ran out of gas a little bit in the last third of the game. However, I think there's a lot we can learn from this one headed into next week."
The Petrels will next travel to North Carolina to take on Brevard, another Division II opponent. That game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. After that, they'll return home to take on Bryan on Wednesday, Sept. 14.