The Oglethorpe women's soccer team had a tough matchup Saturday afternoon in their SAA opener, as they went up against the No. 15 Centre Colonels in Danville, Kentucky. The Colonels, who qualified for the Division III national semifinals in 2015, proved too much for the Stormy Petrels, as they came away with a 4-0 win. The loss dropped the Petrels to 1-5 on the season overall and 0-1 in SAA play.
The Petrels got an outstanding goalkeeping performance from sophomore Tabitha Floyd, who's goal was under siege most of the afternoon. She stopped 13 Centre shots against 17 shots on goal faced, and kept Oglethorpe in the game for over a half.
Centre started the scoring in the 20th minute and then added a second in the 27th. Floyd's goalkeeping kept Oglethorpe down just two goals into halftime, but Centre all but put the game away in the 56th minute, going ahead 3-0. They added a fourth in the 90th minute.
Centre outshot the Petrels 38-0, putting 17 shots on target. They took 10 corner kicks to none for the Petrels.
"It was a tough loss for us today," said Oglethorpe head coach Wes Anania. "I thought we fought hard and gave a good effort, but Center is a very good team. Annabelle Geiger played very well today for us defensively, I thought. We'll regroup and get ready for next weekend."
The Petrels will return home next Saturday to host Sewanee in their SAA home opener at 4:30 p.m. After that, they'll welcome Rhodes and Hendrix to campus Oct. 7 and 9.