The Oglethorpe women's soccer team got a pair of goals from freshman forward Kayla Trice in the first half on Sunday and held on through the second half for a 2-1 victory over Millsaps in Jackson, Mississippi. It marked the first SAA victory of the season for the Stormy Petrels and their first since a 3-0 win at Millsaps on Oct. 19, 2014. The win improved the team to 2-9 on the season overall and 1-5 in conference play.
Trice got the Petrels on the scoreboard 20 minutes into the match. She doubled the Oglethorpe advantage just 15 minutes later, giving them a 2-0 lead in the 36th minute. The markers served as her fourth and fifth of the season, putting her in the league's top 10 in that category.
The Majors came back with a goal of their own in the 45th minute, just 40 seconds before the halftime whistle, but the Petrels still held a 2-1 advantage heading into the break.
In the second half, sophomore goalkeeper Tabitha Floyd made three saves, preserving the one-goal advantage. Meanwhile, the Petrels put three shots on target in the second stanza as well, as they looked to put the game away, but the score remained 2-1 late into the contest. With under three minutes remaining, Floyd made a save that would prove to be the final Millsaps chance of the contest.
Floyd made five saves in total over the course of the game. Trice fired four total shots and put three of them on target. Freshman forward Medina Besic recorded three total shots and put two of them on goal.
For the game Millsaps outshot the Petrels 15-14, but Oglethorpe put nine of their shots on target to six for Millsaps. The Majors took six corner kicks to Oglethorpe's two.
"It's always great to get your first conference win, so this was obviously a good day for us," said Oglethorpe head coach Wes Anania. "Kayla has really been playing well all season, she just hadn't had a whole lot to show for it to this point. It's very nice to see her get some payoff for all her hard work. I thought this was a very good team win, and hopefully this can springboard us into our final two regular season games and into the postseason in a couple weeks."
The Petrels will return to Atlanta for their final home game of the season against Brenau on Wednesday night. That contest will get started at 7 p.m. Eastern from the Oglethorpe Track and Field. After that, they'll head back on the road for their final game of the regular season at Berry on Saturday.