Oct 13, 2017
The Oglethorpe women's soccer team hosted the Millsaps Majors on Friday night and was able to secure a 3-0 victory, tallying their first SAA win of the season. They scored one goal in the first half, but put the game away with two goals in the second. The win improved the Stormy Petrels to 4-7-1 on the season and 1-3-1 in the SAA.
Within the first minute of play, the Petrels recorded two shots on goal, but both were saved by the Majors' goalkeeper, Oliva Gattuso. The Petrels would continue with the pressure by recording three additional shots, two of which were on goal. In the ninth minute, the Petrels finally saw one of their shots hit the back of the net. Freshman defender Emilee Heffner scored the goal by placing the ball perfectly in the top corner of the goal from distance.
The Petrels would finish the first half with a total of 10 shots, six of which were on goal. The Petrels were able to hold the Majors to only five shots, two on goal. Additionally, the Petrels had two corner kicks compared to zero by the Majors in the first half.
Oglethorpe received the ball at the beginning of the second half, and they didn't waste any time increasing their lead. Within the first 30 seconds, sophomore forward Kayla Trice recorded the second goal of the game. She was assisted by freshman midfielder Michela Albury.
The Petrels would score their third and final goal in the 75th minute. Trice was credited with her second goal of the match and was assisted by senior defender Annabelle Geiger, who sent a long ball over the top for Trice to run onto.
The Majors were able to match the Petrels with shots in the second half. However, the Petrels would finish on top in total shots with 17, compared to 12 by the Majors. The Petrels also finished the game with five corner kicks, while the Majors only recorded a single one.
"I thought we played well from the start today," said Oglethorpe head coach Wes Anania. "We put them under pressure with a lot of shots in the early-going, and that paid off with the opening goal. I thought we finished off the game well in the second half, too. It's good to get a conference win, and now we'll look to carry that momentum forward into the rest of our season."
The Petrels will be at home again on Sunday at noon to face SAA rival Birmingham-Southern. The following Saturday, Oct. 21, the Petrels will contest their final home game of the season against Berry at 3 p.m.