The Oglethorpe women's soccer team fought valiantly Saturday afternoon as they took on the No. 2 seed Rhodes Lynx in the first round of the SAA Women's Soccer Championship in Memphis, Tennessee, but a second-half goal for the home side proved the difference in a 1-0 Rhodes win. The defeat meant that the Stormy Petrels end their season with a 4-12-1 record.
The Petrels held the game scoreless over the course of the first half. Sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Bolas played a huge part in that, as she made six saves for the period. Rhodes outshot Oglethorpe 16-1 for the half, but the game went to halftime scoreless thanks to the heroics of Bolas.
The home side picked up the lead in the 52nd minute, though, meaning the Petrels had to throw some numbers forward in order to go for the equalizer. Bolas continued to make numerous saves, accruing four in the second half to keep the Petrels in the contest. Sophomore midfielder Maddie Cornell had a potential game-tying goal cleared off the line in the 84th minute, and junior midfielder Sam Thornton had a shot saved by Rhodes goalkeeper Meghan Kiker in the 88th. That was the last big chance Oglethorpe had, though, and Rhodes saw out the 1-0 lead.
Rhodes outshot Oglethorpe 26-3 over the course of the game, including an 11-2 mark in shots on goal. The Lynx took five corner kicks to Oglethorpe's two.
Bolas finished the game with 10 saves.