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Lady Rams' late push not enough in 2-1 loss at TN Wesleyan

The women's soccer team was narrowly defeated on Tuesday at Tennessee Wesleyan College

Sports Information Department BC

October 14, 2011

Bluefield College Athletics

Sports Information Department

Bluefield, Virginia

 

Athens, Tenn.- The Lady Rams pushed hard in the second half with a goal by Pip Pattison, but it wasn't enough as Bluefield College was defeated 2-1 by Tennessee Wesleyan on Tuesday in Athens. 

 

The Lady Rams soccer team traveled to Tennessee Wesleyan College on Tuesday for an AAC match.  Last year, the TWC Lady Bulldogs were the AAC Regular Season Champions and Tournament Champions.  This match-up last year resulted in a 7-1 loss for the Lady Rams.  Having come off a hard-fought game against AAC opponent Columbia College on Saturday (which ended in a 1-1 tie), the Lady Rams had momentum going into Tuesday’s game.

 

TWC opened up scoring in the second half from Jordan Hendrix in the 16th minute of the first half. TWC proceeded to outshoot Bluefield 12-1 in the first half with junior goalkeeper Tracy Muncy coming up with 5 saves. The Lady Rams started the second half with some pace, but one mistake in the first 3 minutes allowed TWC to strike again with a goal by Kimberly Key. The Lady Rams kept battling though and were out-shot only 9-6 in the second half, with only 4 of TWC’s shots on goal, thanks to a great performance from BC’s back-line, most notably, freshman Danni Barlow.  “Danni played her best game all season today.  I am proud how she stepped up today and worked with Ashley (Moreno) to control our back 4 and shut down their attack.”

 

Both teams had 5 corner kicks in the second half, with one resulting in a goal for the Lady Rams.  For the second time this season, freshman Taylor Stynes was able to find sophomore Pip Pattison, who drove home Stynes’ corner kick into the back of the net.  The Lady Rams continued to have chances on net forcing saves from the TWC keeper. 

 

“It was a very good game for us.  Earlier in the season, when we went down a goal or two or had a poor first half, the team would panic and quit playing together.  Today, they stayed together and continued to press in the 2nd half without any panic.  Because we kept battling and kept playing together, we were able to put a goal away and continue to put TWC under pressure in the second half.”

 

The Lady Rams have 5 games left in the regular season with 2 against AAC opponents.  This Saturday, the Lady Rams are hosting NCCAA opponent Tennessee Temple at noon and will host Southern Virginia at home on Tuesday evening.

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