The Oglethorpe women's soccer team embarked on their first road trip of the season Friday evening and found a tough opponent in the Bryan Lions. The home team scored a pair of goals in the first half and the Stormy Petrels were unable to answer in a 2-0 defeat in Dayton, Tennessee. The result dropped the visitors to 2-1 on the season.
The Petrels got off to a bit of a slow start and the Lions took advantage in the first half. They took the lead in the 10th minute and continued to control the game over the course of the period, outshooting Oglethorpe 5-3 over that stretch. They doubled their advantage with another tally in the 37th minute, giving themselves a 2-0 advantage going into halftime.
Oglethorpe improved in the second half, as they were able to fire four shots and put a pair of them on target. They also stopped the Lions from extending the lead further. They were unable to answer with a goal, however, and Bryan closed out the 2-0 victory.
Bryan outshot the Petrels 15-7 for the game overall and 7-2 in shots on target. The Lions also took five corner kicks to Oglethorpe's one.
"We were a little sluggish coming out of the gate today," said Oglethorpe head coach Wes Anania. "We put it together a little more in the second half, but we just didn't quite have enough firepower to get back into the game. Leading into Wednesday, hopefully we'll learn from our defensive mistakes today and come out ready to play. We've started all three of our games a little bit on the slow side, and with as tough as our conference schedule is, we're not going to be able to do that going forward."
The Petrels will go back to Division III play on Wednesday, when they welcome Huntingdon to the Oglethorpe Track and Field for an approximate 7:30 p.m. start immediately following the men's game, which starts at 5 p.m.