Women's soccer scores twice in second half to clip Bob Jones in home opener, gets off to best start since 2010

Women's soccer scores twice in second half to clip Bob Jones in home opener, gets off to best start since 2010

The Oglethorpe women's soccer team improved to 4-0 Friday evening with a 2-0 win over Bob Jones in their home opener at the Oglethorpe Track and Field. The Stormy Petrels tallied a pair of goals off free kicks in the game's final 21 minutes to claim victory. Four straight victories to start the season marks the program's best start to a campaign since 2010, when the Petrels won their first six.

After an exciting first 25 minutes of the second half, which featured scoring chances for both teams, the Petrels got on the board first. They won a free kick about 40 yards from goal and sophomore defender Lauren Kirby stepped up to take it. She lofted a perfect ball into the box, and freshman forward Meagan Thacker ran onto the end of it and headed it past the Bruins goalkeeper to give her team the 1-0 advantage.

Moments later, sophomore Petrel defender Devyn Canty made a huge block at the other end of the field, getting in front of a shot from the Bruins' Hannah Johnston that was destined for goal and securing the Oglethorpe one-goal lead.

The home side put the game away in the 83rd minute on another free kick. Kirby sent in another lofted ball that junior forward Medina Besic got on the end of this time, heading it past Bob Jones goalkeeper Angelina Martin for the two-goal cushion. 

Early in the second half, Oglethorpe junior goalkeeper Lindsey Bolas came up with a huge save on the Bruins' Caroline Hartzler, leaping in the air to tip the ball over her crossbar. Then in the 64th minute, sophomore midfielder Tress Southard appeared to score the opening goal on a sequence where Martin made a pair of saves and Southard pounced on the rebound, but the Petrel midfielder was ruled offside on the play, disallowing the goal.

The teams went back and forth in the first half, though neither team was really able to carve out a high-quality scoring chance. Bolas tallied three saves on four total Bob Jones shots, though, while Martin came up with a save on three total shots.

Kirby recorded assists on both the Oglethorpe goals, her first two of the season. Besic now sits on three goals for the year, while Thacker recorded her first.

For the game, Oglethorpe outshot Bob Jones 8-7 overall and 5-4 on goal. The Bruins took three corner kicks to the Petrels' one. 

The Petrels will be back in action Sunday from the Oglethorpe Track and Field, where they take on Huntingdon at 5 p.m. After that, they'll stay at home to battle Agnes Scott Wednesday at 7 p.m.