Bluefield College Erupts Late in 1-0 Win Over Columbia in 2012 Opener
Newcomers combine to tally loan goal in historic opener
August 23, 2012
BLUEFIELD, Va. – The Bluefield College women’s soccer team defeated Columbia (S.C.), 1-0, in the 2012 opener Thursday afternoon at East River Soccer Complex. With less than nine minutes remaining, Jessica Dutka put the finishing touch to an Enajah Winbush cross to give the Rams the victory.
With the win, the Rams improve to 1-0-0 while the Koalas – who tied BC last season – drop to 0-1-0 in what was the season opener for both squads.
“Today’s win was really huge for a couple reasons,” said co-captain Missy Baines. It set the mood for the rest of the season. We now have the confidence that we can accomplish some big goals this fall.”
The Rams created early chances, with Pip Pattison and Winbush taking a pair of range strikes before the teams played to a scoreless first half with Bluefield College controlling possession throughout.
“I thought our performance in the first half was below average and as a result, we had to fight and have much better in the second compete,” said Head Coach Chase Neidig.
After a slow opening half the Rams began showing signs of life after the break started began to show life on the field. Courtney Bell connected with a strike from 12-yards that forced Elise Grinder into one of her six saves.
As the Rams continued to dominate Callan Camin and Dakota Duckworth got forward from their outside back positions to each take a chance at the goal.
"Our D did an unbelievable job locking down their top players, all the credit to them," said Neidig.
Camin a junior from Beachwood, Ohio, picked the ball up inside the Rams half and sliced her way through the Koalas defense and into the opposition’s 18-yard box before taking a strike at goal.
The Rams continued to put pressure on Columbia late, as the hosts piled up nine shots and five corner kicks. That pressure paid off when Winbush received a pass on the right wing and sent a well-placed cross into the box for a crashing Dutka. The junior from Highland, N.Y., made simple work to score her first goal in a BC uniform in the 82nd minute.
"Our goal came from a great build up, and the 'will' to get in there and have a knack to score," said Neidig.
"Withouth the entire team, all individual efforts are lost," said Jessica Dutka.
Last season Dutka led Herkimer to the NJCAA Region 3B Finals with six goals and nine assists.
For the game, Bluefield College outshot the victors 15-9 and held a decisive 5-1 lead in corners. Kayla Richardson made five saves as she picked up her first collegiate shutout. Pattison and Winbush both took a game-high including a game-high two and game-high four shots and a two shots on goal.
Up next, Bluefield College takes on Chowan on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. at the friendly confines of the East River Soccer Complex.
NOTES FROM THE RIDGE….
DEBUT: The BC coaching staff featured two new coaches, head coach Chase Neidig, and assistant coach Rudy Roediger. Neidig’s squad featured seven newcomers in his starting lineup – three freshman and four transfers, Kayla Richardson (Mountain State University), Jessica Dutka (Herkimer CCC), Callin Camin (Notre Dame College), Dakota Duckworth (Newport News, Va.), Enajah Winbush (Woodbrige, Va.), Kori Koerwitz (Las Vegas, N.V.), and Jessica Newman (Virginia Beach, Va.).
OPENERS: In his first game Neidig and the Rams set the tone winning their first games. In the previous six seasons the Rams went 3-3-0 in openers – during that string BC failed to keep a clean sheet.
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT: Last season Columbia drew with the Rams, 1-1, at East River Soccer Complex. That tie came in the midst of a 13 game winless streak for BC. Kayla Richardson picked up the shutout in her first game dawning a BC top. Last season at Mountain State, the Wren, Ohio native made an NAIA leading 241 saves.