Lady Rams lose grip in 2nd half to West Virginia Tech
Bluefield College Women's soccer team is defeated 4-2 by West Virginia Tech in home season opener at East River Soccer Complex
Sports Information Department BC
August 29, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
The Lady Rams opened the 2011 home season campaign with a loss to Mid-South Conference opponent, West Virginia Tech 4-2 in front of a great Monday evening crowd at East River.
The matchup between the two teams has been quite even since 2006 with Bluefield holding the edge with a 3-2 record, each scoring eight goals. Both sides saw a load of new faces on the field this season, and it proved to be in favor of the Golden Bears this go around.
The Golden Bears got on the scoresheet early in the 5th minute, where the Bluefield defense broke down allowing Creshana Jones to tally the goal making it an early 1-0 lead.
West Virginia Tech came out to play early and often on the Lady Rams after the home side got two quick shots of by Friere and Pattison, both coming up short. WV Tech would tally again in the 22nd minute to take a 2-0 lead compliments of Hannah Jaskot.
As soon as you thought WV Tech was going to steal the show in the first half, the Lady Rams went a terror late in the half with help from MF "Pip" Pattison. Pattison first cranked home a goal in the 33rd minute, unassisted to bring the score back to 2-1. Then yet again, in the 42nd minute, the Lady Rams did a great job down the far side to earn a corner kick off an attack. Freshman Taylor Stynes took the corner kick and Pattison elevated above everyone to slam a stunning goal in the side netting to tie the game at 2-2.
"It was huge to tie up the game being two goals behind in the first half", explained head coach Samantha Snow. "But we need the momentum to last for all 90 minutes. We missed chances we should have put away and we fell a part as a team in the last moments of the game."
While it could have been the tail of two halves, the Lady Rams mimicked the first 45 minutes by allowing a quick WVT goal in the 48th minute. The Golden Bears continued the push well into the second half as Hannah Jaskot tallied another goal in the 68th minute to secure the infamous "hat trick". The three goals by Jaskot would give a two-goal lead to WV Tech on Bluefield with only twenty minutes to play.
The final 'push' by Tech seem to knock the wind and will power out of the Lady Rams, even as Coach Snow agreed to. "Our composure will improve the more we play and I'm still expecting great things for the season. It's still early!"
The loss moves the women's team to 0-2-0 on the regular season. The team will regroup and focus on a Thursday matchup with Emory & Henry on the road. Be sure to check out our social media outlets by logging on to www.bcrams.com.