Women's Soccer Season Comes to Close with SAA First Round Defeat at Rhodes

Women's Soccer Season Comes to Close with SAA First Round Defeat at Rhodes

The Oglethorpe women's soccer team saw their season come to an end Saturday in Memphis, Tennessee, as they fell 5-0 to the homestanding Rhodes Lynx in the quarterfinal round of the SAA Tournament. The defeat means the Stormy Petrels finish the season 2-12 overall. 

The Lynx jumped out to a big lead early and never gave the Petrels a chance to work their way back into the game. Rhodes got off to a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute and extended that to 2-0 in the 20th. They really pushed their advantage out as the half moved on, picking up additional goals in the 27th, 28th and 39th minutes. That gave the Lynx their 5-0 advantage headed into the halftime break. Rhodes outshot Oglethorpe 16-1 over the course of the opening half of play.

The Petrels played the game much more evenly in the second half, only getting outshot by Rhodes 4-2. However, the damage had alredy been done in the first half, and though they held the Lynx scoreless, they were unable to dent the scoreboard themselves. 

For the game, Rhodes outshot Oglethorpe 20-3 and took the only corner kick of the contest. The Petrels did get six saves from sophomore goalkeeper Tabitha Floyd on the afternoon. 

"Today just wasn't our day," said Oglethorpe head coach Wes Anania. "Give all the credit to Rhodes. They're an excellent team and they showed that today. We had some good performances this season, but we have a ways to go before we reach their level. We'll be hard at work during the offseason, looking to get better as a team."

The Petrels finished seventh in the SAA for the third time in conference history, posting a 1-6 league mark on the year.