The Oglethorpe women's soccer team hung tough for much of the contest Sunday afternoon against a very good Rhodes team in Memphis, Tennessee, but the homestanding Lynx pulled away late for a 4-1 victory. The result dropped the Stormy Petrels to 3-7-1 on the season overall and 0-3-1 in SAA play.
The Petrels found themselves locked in a battle with a high-powered Rhodes attack, but the Oglethorpe defense and freshman goalkeeper Lindsey Bolas did all they could to keep their team in the game. The Lynx picked up a goal in the 38th minute, but the visitors held on and maintained their 1-0 deficit despite being outshot 15-3 in the half. Bolas recorded six saves in the period to keep her team down just a goal at the break.
Rhodes tallied a second goal in the 54th minute, but the Petrels responded with a goal of their own, continuing to stay in the contest. Freshman forward Ana Shults finished off an assist from sophomore forward Kayla Trice to make the score 2-1 in the 66th minute. However, the Rhodes pressure finally started to pay bigger dividends down the stretch. They quickly responded with a goal in the 67th minute to take their two-goal lead back, then all but put the game away in the 73rd with their fourth goal of the contest.
Bolas finished the game with an impressive 14 saves, including eight in the second half. Trice fired three shots on the afternoon and put a pair on goal.
For the game, Rhodes outshot Oglethorpe 32-6, including 17-3 in the second half. Rhodes put 18 shots on goal to Oglethorpe's three. In addition, they took seven corner kicks to Oglethorpe's one.
"I thought we did a good job of staying in the game against a very good Rhodes team," said Oglethorpe head coach Wes Anania. "Lindsey made 14 saves and we were in it when we got the goal to get back to just a goal down. Unfortunately, they got a couple goals afterward to put the game away. Overall, I think we're moving in the right direction, and we'll look to continue doing that next weekend."
The Petrels will take on Millsaps at 5 p.m. Friday from the Oglethorpe Track and Field, then will welcome Birmingham-Southern to campus at noon on Sunday.