The Oglethorpe women's soccer team hung tough for a half against the No. 9 Centre Colonels Friday evening at the Oglethorpe Track and Field, trailing just 1-0 at halftime. However, the Colonels pulled away in the second half, scoring five goals over a 21-minute stretch. The loss was the Stormy Petrels' first of the season, dropping them to 7-1.
The Petrels played outstanding defense over the opening 45 minutes of the game, and they had a chance to take an early lead when junior forward Medina Besic forced a save from Colonel goalkeeper Jonelle Brown in the fifth minute. They allowed a single goal in the 17th minute, but kept Centre off the board otherwise despite allowing 14 shots. Oglethorpe junior goalkeeper Lindsey Bolas recorded six saves over the period and the Petrels trailed 1-0 headed into halftime.
However, Centre scored on a free kick after a controversial foul call to double their lead in the 49th minute. The visitors then scored three more goals over the next five minutes, tallying in the 50th, 51st and 54th minutes. They added another one in the 70th minute, giving themselves a 6-0 advantage.
For the game, Centre outshot Oglethorpe 29-5 overall and 16-3 on goal. Centre took four corner kicks to none for Oglethorpe.
Bolas totaled 10 saves over the course of the game.
The Petrels will be back in action Monday evening, when they travel up Lookout Mountain in northwest Georgia to take on Covenant at 7:30 p.m.