Women's soccer blanks Millsaps 3-0 for first SAA win of season

Women's soccer blanks Millsaps 3-0 for first SAA win of season

The Oglethorpe women's soccer team notched their first victory of the SAA season Sunday afternoon at a rainy Oglethorpe Track and Field, blanking the visiting Millsaps Majors 3-0. The result improved the Stormy Petrels to 9-4 on the season overall and 1-3 in conference play.

The Petrels got off to an excellent start in their quest to bounce back from a tough extra-time defeat on Friday, as the Majors put the ball into their own net in the 14th minute and gave the home side a quick 1-0 lead when a back-pass by a defender skidded past the foot of the Millsaps goalkeeper on the wet turf and careened into the back of the net. 

Oglethorpe continued to push for a second goal, outshooting Millsaps 12-3 over the course of the period. Millsaps goalkeeper Maddie Moore, who finished the game with nine saves, proved equal to the task, though, keeping the score at 1-0 headed into the halftime break.

Moore made four huge saves early in the second half, as well, continuing to keep the Petrels off the board and her team in the game. However, Oglethorpe was finally able to break through and put the game away in the 71st minute. They had to defend a Major attack on their end of the field, but sprang a two-player counterattack that led to a two-on-two break. Freshman forward Meagan Thacker drove down the center of the field and slid a perfect ball to the right for sophomore forward Devyn Canty. The latter beat Moore and finally gave Oglethorpe the 2-0 lead they'd been looking for.

The Petrels added one more goal in the 90th minute, as senior forward Kayla Trice collected a nice ball over the top from freshman midfielder Sarah Berg and finished past the goalkeeper with four seconds remaining in the contest. 

For the game, Oglethorpe outshot their opponent 29-5 overall and 12-0 on goal. The Petrels also took nine corner kicks to Millsaps' two. 

Oglethorpe junior goalkeeper Lindsey Bolas didn't have much to do, as Millsaps didn't put any shots on target, but she did earn her fifth clean sheet of the season. Bolas kept a clean sheet in five of her seven wins and was subbed off without having allowed a goal in the other two.

The Petrels hit the road on Friday, as they'll head to Memphis, Tennessee, to take on Rhodes at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. After that, they'll continue west to Conway, Arkansas, to battle Hendrix on Sunday.