Women's Soccer Falls to Covenant in Heartbreaking Finish

Women's Soccer Falls to Covenant in Heartbreaking Finish

The Oglethorpe women's soccer team fought tooth and nail Monday night. They were outshot by the visiting Covenant Scots by a rate of 3-to-1, but had found a way to hang onto a 2-1 lead throughout the second half into the final five minutes of regulation. However, the Stormy Petrels were undone by a pair of penalty kicks, a couple of controversial calls, and a last-minute defensive lapse en route to a disheartening 3-2 defeat in the second period of extra time at the Oglethorpe Track and Field.

The Petrels had been outshot 22-7 over the game's first 85 minutes, but still led 2-1 and had maintained that lead since the 37th minute. However, in the 86th, the Scots were awarded a potential game-tying penalty kick for what the referee judged to be a Petrel hand ball in their own penalty area. Covenant's Addy Cronan stepped up to the spot and slotted home her second goal of the game, tying the score at 2-2 with under five minutes to go. 

In the 89th minute, the Petrels looked to have regained the lead off a long free kick. The ball was played into the box and the Petrels went for the loose ball, eventually knocking it in for what appeared to be the potential game-winner. However, they were judged to have committed a foul during the fight for the loose ball and the score stayed tied into extra time.

In the first extra-time period, the Petrels won a penalty kick in the 99th minute. Senior forward Nicolette Andrey dribbled into the box and was shoved from behind by a Covenant defender, setting up the potential game-winner. Sophomore midfielder Sam Thornton beat the goalkeeper with her penalty kick, but put it just wide. The game went on into a second period of extra time.

Both teams seemed out of gas in the final 10 minutes, and it looked as though the game would end in a draw after 110 minutes. However, with just seconds to go until the final whistle, Covenant's Paige Simons broke through the Oglethorpe defense, went in on goal, and fired a shot just off the fingertips of sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Bolas and into the net, giving the visitors the win with 11 seconds on the clock.

The Petrels opened the scoring in the game's second minute, as sophomore midfielder Maddie Cornell found Thornton with an outstanding delivery off a corner kick and Thornton headed it home, giving the home side a 1-0 advantage. Covenant answered with a goal from Cronan in the 17th minute and began to pour shots at the Oglethorpe net, including a missed penalty kick of their own in the 26th minute. It was the Petrels who struck again first, though, as freshman forward Jordan Wilson pounced on a loose ball in the box minutes after being subbed into the game. She blasted it past Covenant goalkeeper Rachel Lemay into the upper-left corner of the net to give Oglethorpe the lead back in the 37th minute.

For the game, Covenant outshot Oglethorpe 30-10, including an 8-4 advantage in shots on goal.

Bolas made 5 saves on the night.

The team will look to regroup as they head back into their SAA schedule. They'll host Sewanee at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Oglethorpe Track and Field before heading up to northeast Georgia to take on Piedmont in one final non-conference tilt Monday night, then ending the regular season with five consecutive conference contests.