The Oglethorpe women's soccer team came back from a first-half deficit Wednesday night against the visiting Brenau Golden Tigers at the Oglethorpe Track and Field, using a breakaway goal from freshman forward Kayla Trice to equalize the score. It was Brenau scoring the game-winner midway through the second half, though, securing a 2-1 victory over the Stormy Petrels. The loss dropped the home side to 2-10 on the season.
The Golden Tigers opened the scoring in the game's 25th minute, using a well-struck free kick to take a 1-0 lead into the halftime break. However, it was the Petrels who came out of halftime with some momentum, as they had a couple of scoring chances early in the period and came through with Trice's equalizer in the 65th minute. Senior forward Beatrice Menjor played an excellent ball through to Trice, stayed onside and found herself one-on-one with the goalkeeper. She calmly slotted her shot home for a 1-1 scoreline.
Minutes later, Brenau went back ahead, though, as the Golden Tigers' Megan Chandler tallied her second goal of the game in the 68th minute off a throw-in. From there, the Petrels went in search of another game-tying goal, but never could find one. They won a corner kick with 10 seconds left, but didn't have enough time to get organized for a final goal-scoring opportunity. Brenau was able to clear the ball to midfield and secure the win.
Trice's goal went as her sixth of the season, putting her in a tie for eighth in the conference in that category. She finished with two shots, putting both on target. Sophomore goalkeeper Tabitha Floyd made four saves over the course of the contest. Her 60 saves place her fifth on the SAA leaderboard.
The Golden Tigers outshot the Petrels 19-6 over the course of the game, including 7-2 in shots on goal. Brenau took one more corner kick than Oglethorpe, as well, outmarking them 3-2 in that category.
"I was proud of the way our team kept fighting after falling behind in the first half," said Oglethorpe head coach Wes Anania. "Kayla and Beatrice did a fantastic job on the counterattack to combine for the goal that tied the game. A couple of defensive lapses hurt us in this game, though, and kept us from getting the result that we wanted. We've got one more game on Saturday before heading into the postseason, so we'll use that game to continue to try and get better."
The Petrels travel to Mount Berry, Georgia, to take on Berry at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in their final regular season game. After that, they'll hit the road for the first round of the SAA Tournament at a site yet to be determined. The Petrels are locked into the tournament's No. 7 seed.