Late Birmingham-Southern Goal Sinks Women's Soccer in Tight 1-0 Contest

Late Birmingham-Southern Goal Sinks Women's Soccer in Tight 1-0 Contest

The Oglethorpe women's soccer team challenged the first-place Birmingham-Southern Panthers on Sunday afternoon at the Oglethorpe Track and Field, fighting them tooth and nail until the very end, but the visiting Panthers were able to grab the game-winning goal in the final minute, dealing the Stormy Petrels a heartbreaking loss. The 1-0 victory for the Panthers allowed them to remain undefeated in SAA play, while the Petrels dropped to 1-4-1 in the league and 4-8-1 on the season overall. 

The first half was nearly equal in the number of shots each team took. The Petrels took seven shots, of which three were on goal, and the Panthers fired eight shots, putting four on target. 
 
The Panthers started to put the pressure on the Petrels defense at the beginning of the second half, firing three shots within the first 10 minutes of play. The Panthers would end up taking 16 shots in the second half, while the Petrels only managed to take a couple shots, neither of which were on goal. 
 
Oglethorpe did have a couple chances to steal the game on the counterattack, but couldn't connect the final pass, sending the game scoreless to the final minutes.
 
With 57 seconds remaining in the contest, the Panthers managed to finally get a shot past the Oglethorpe freshman goalkeeper Lindsey Bolas. Birmingham-Southern's Nicole Bernal headed the game-winning goal home off a corner kick from Taylor Andrews.
 
The Petrels would finish the game with nine shots, four of those on goal, while the Panthers ended with 24. Bolas played exceptionally well all afternoon, recording 10 saves on the 11 shots she faced. The Petrels finished the game with two corner kicks, while the Panthers were able to take seven corner kicks, all of which were in the second half. 
 
"This is a difficult loss for us," said Oglethorpe head coach Wes Anania. "We played really well defensively against a very good team, and I thought we deserved at least a draw. We'll need to regroup, however, as we've got one more conference game next weekend against Berry."
 
The Petrels will host Berry Saturday at 3 p.m. on the Oglethorpe Track and Field in their final home game of the regular season. They'll celebrate Senior Day before the contest. 

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