The Oglethorpe women's soccer team suffered a tough afternoon Saturday in Mount Berry, Georgia, falling to the homestanding Berry Vikings, 7-0, in their final game of the regular season. The loss means that the Stormy Petrels will finish the regular season 2-11 overall and 1-6 in SAA play. Oglethorpe holds the No. 7 seed headed into the SAA playoffs, beginning next weekend.
The Petrels were able to hold Berry scoreless for the opening 24 minutes, but the Vikings continually put pressure on the Oglethorpe goal and broke through in the 25th minute. They added another in the 44th minute, just before halftime, and took a 2-0 lead into the break.
Berry opened the game up in the second half, scoring goals in the 49th, 53rd, 56th, 61st and 80th minutes. In the end, the Vikings cruised to the victory.
For the game, Berry outshot Oglethorpe 40-2, including 16-1 on goal. They took eight corner kicks to Oglethorpe's zero.
Sophomore goalkeeper Tabitha Floyd made nine saves on the afternoon, but found her goal under siege all day long. Freshman forward Kayla Trice fired one of the two Oglethorpe shots while fellow freshman forward Erin McKenzie fired the other, putting it on target.
"Today was a tough game for us," said Oglethorpe head coach Wes Anania. "All the credit goes to Berry for today. They're a very good team and they gave us a lot of problems. We know we're going to Memphis next weekend now, so we'll get ready for that trip. It's a brand new season now where anything can happen, so we'll look to give our best performance on Saturday."
The Petrels will take on the second-seeded Rhodes Lynx in Memphis, Tennessee, on Saturday, Oct. 29, in the first round of the SAA playoffs at a time to be determined. Rhodes will come into the match at 9-3-1 on the season overall and 5-1-1 in SAA play.