The Oglethorpe women's soccer team fell behind early in their non-conference road game against Brenau Tuesday night in Gainesville, but rebounded with a pair of goals in the second half to turn the tables on the homestanding Golden Tigers for a 2-1 victory. The win improved the Stormy Petrels to 3-4 on the season as they get ready to head back into SAA play over the weekend.
Brenau's Jensen Meaux got the home team off to an outstanding start and put the Petrels behind the eight-ball early, as she tallied in the third minute to give the home side a 1-0 advantage. The Petrels laid siege to the Brenau goal for much of the rest of the first half, outshooting the Golden Tigers 5-2 for the period and putting all five of their shots on target. Some outstanding work by Brenau goalkeeper Anela Melton kept her team in the lead going into the halftime break.
The Petrels continued to carve out scoring chances in the second half and finally broke through early in the period, as freshman defender Ansley Hames scored her first career goal in the 59th minute to tie the score at 1-1. Ten minutes later, Oglethorpe would bag the go-ahead goal, as sophomore midfielder Jalisa Kassam delivered a perfect ball off a corner kick that freshman midfielder Maddie Cornell to redirect into the goal, giving the visitors the 2-1 lead in the 69th minute.
The second half proved to be the opposite of the first as far as shots were concerned, as Brenau outshot Oglethorpe 6-3 over the second 45 minutes, as they searched desperately for an equalizer over the final 20 minutes. However, it was the Petrels who made the most of their chances in the second half, and the Golden Tigers were unable to find the back of the net again.
For the game, Oglethorpe and Brenau tied in overall shot count, 8-8. The Petrels put all eight of their shots on target, while Brenau put four on goal.
Freshman goalkeeper Lindsey Bolas recorded three saves en route to her third victory of the season, going the final 87 minutes of the contest without allowing a goal. Cornell, senior midfielder Celina Kassam and freshman midfielder Sam Thornton all fired two shots.
"I'm really proud of our team for fighting back after going down 1-0 early," said Oglethorpe head coach Wes Anania. "We made some adjustments in the second half and were able to get on the board with the tying goal. We stuck to our game plan and got the game-winning goal 10 minutes later. Getting a comeback win on the road is always nice, and we'll look to take the momentum from this going into SAA play."
The Petrels will head back into SAA play over the weekend, when they head to Tennessee to take on Sewanee Saturday at 5 p.m. Eastern. They'll continue on the road in conference the following weekend, when they take on Rhodes and Hendrix.