The Oglethorpe women's soccer team fell 1-0 Wednesday afternoon at the Oglethorpe Track and Field to the undefeated Piedmont Lions. The Stormy Petrel defense held together well against the high-powered Piedmont attack, but the Lions were able to get the game-winning goal in the second half, dropping Oglethorpe to 3-5 on the season overall.
The Lions enjoyed a big advantage in shot count, outshooting the Petrels 29-5 overall and 10-2 in shots on goal, but the Petrels defense held throughout the first half with the help of freshman goalkeeper Kathryn Thompson. Thompson recorded nine saves on the afternoon, including six in the first half. The game went into the halftime break scoreless despite a 14-4 shot advantage by Piedmont.
The Petrels also carved out a few chances to take a first-half lead themselves, as they forced the Piedmont goalkeeper into a couple of saves in the game's first 20 minutes.
The Petrels continued to hold the Lions at bay in the second half, but the visitors finally broke through in the 57th minute on a loose ball in the box to take a 1-0 advantage. The Petrels continued to play well defensively, as Thompson made three stops in the second frame. Oglethorpe had a chance to tie the score in the 68th minute, but the shot from sophomore Jalisa Kassam went just wide left.
The Lions outshot Oglethorpe 15-1 in the second half, and took 12 corner kicks for the game, eight in the first and four in the second, to none for Oglethorpe.
Freshman midfielder Maddie Cornell fired a pair of shots, putting one of them on target.
"I thought the first half was one of the best halves we've played all year, given the circumstances," said Oglethorpe head coach Wes Anania. "Obviously, giving up 14 shots in the half isn't necessarily ideal, but Piedmont is a very good team, an undefeated team, and I thought we did a good job of keeping them at bay and of carving out a couple of good chances of our own. Now we head back into the SAA, where I think we've narrowed the gap with some of the teams in the league. We gave Sewanee a good game at our place last year, and I think we're looking forward to seeing how we do up at their place this weekend."
The Petrels will be back in action on Saturday, when they travel to Tennessee to take on Sewanee at 5 p.m. Eastern. After that, they'll travel to Conway, Arkansas, to go against Hendrix Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. Eastern, and will continue to Memphis to battle Rhodes Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. Eastern.