Women's soccer staves off Wesleyan comeback, wins on late goal for best start in program history

Women's soccer staves off Wesleyan comeback, wins on late goal for best start in program history

The Oglethorpe women's soccer team is off to the best start in program history, a 7-0 mark, after outlasting the Wesleyan Wolves 3-2 in Macon Sunday evening. The Stormy Petrels nabbed two early goals only to see Wesleyan storm back and tie the game early in the second half. Freshman midfielder Kieran Burkey turned out to be the hero, though, netting the game-winner in the final five minutes of the contest.

Burkey picked up her unassisted game-winner in the 86th minute. It culminated a half in which the Petrels outshot the Wolves 11-2 but didn't have much to show for it until that point. It served as Burkey's fourth goal of the season, and she also tallied an assist on freshman midfielder Sarah Berg's opening goal earlier in the contest. 

The Petrels got off to a fast start, getting that goal from Berg in just the seventh minute. Freshman defender Sara McDade tallied an assist along with Burkey. They doubled their advantage in the 21st minute as junior forward Medina Besic knocked in her fifth of the year off an assist from freshman forward Meagan Thacker

Oglethorpe outshot Wesleyan 11-2 in the first half, as well, and they looked to be on their way to an easy victory. However, a pair of goals from the Wolves' Thi Soe either side of halftime turned the game on its head, suddenly tying it up at 2-2.

The Petrels outshot their opponent 22-4 for the game, including a 12-2 margin in shots on goal. The Wolves scored on their only two shots on target for the game.

Oglethorpe saw their long shutout streak come to an end at six games and 584 total minutes.

The Petrels will be back in action Friday evening at 5 p.m., when they'll host No. 8 Centre in their SAA opener. After that, they'll head up Lookout Mountain to face Covenant the following Monday.

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