The Oglethorpe women's soccer team thoroughly outplayed the visiting LaGrange Panthers Saturday afternoon at the Oglethorpe Track and Field, defeating them 3-0 and improving to 3-1 on the young season. The Stormy Petrels bounced back in a big way from the defeat at Emory on Thursday night and achieved the program's best 4-game start to a season since 2010.
Junior Jalisa Kassam had a hand in all three goals scored by the Petrels, scoring twice and tallying an assist on the other for a total of five points on the day. She opened the scoring with a beautiful long range shot that went over the goalkeeper's head and into the upper-left corner of the net from 20 yards out in the 27th minute. She also closed the scoring in the 90th minute with a free kick from around 20 yards out on the other goal.
Freshman midfielder Tress Southard scored the Petrels' second goal in the 43rd minute. Kassam played a long ball from midfield and Southard ran onto it and toe-poked it past LaGrange goalkeeper Emma Smith to ensure that Oglethorpe would have a 2-0 lead at the halftime break.
The Petrels peppered Smith with shots, outshooting the Panthers 25-3 over the course of the contest, including a 14-0 margin in shots on goal. They also took nine corner kicks to LaGrange's two.
"Overall, I was pleased with the way we played this afternoon and bounced back from the loss on Thursday night," said Oglethorpe head coach Wes Anania. "Jalisa played very well, obviously, with two goals and an assist, but I thought we played good attacking soccer as a unit. We didn't really give LaGrange a chance to work their way into the game."
The Petrels will now head out on the road. They'll travel to Montgomery, Alabama, on Wednesday to take on Huntingdon at 8 p.m Eastern, then come back home to the Atlanta area and make the short trip over to Decatur to battle Agnes Scott Saturday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m.