Rams fall to No. 3 Lindsey Wilson
Jessica Newman broke into the scoring column for the first time in her career against the third ranked Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson
September 19, 2012
COLUMBIA, Ky. – Bluefield College traveled into the central time zone to face the class of the Mid-South Conference on Wednesday night, losing 9-1 to the No. 3 Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson College.
The loss drops BC to 4-4-0 (1-1-0 MSC) on the year while the win improved third ranked LWC 5-2-1 (2-0-0 MSC).
The Ram’s second Mid-South Conference match of the season and second all-time since joining the MSC this season pitted a BC squad who won its first conference game since 2009 in its debut against an LWC program that came into 2012 with an all-time record of 33-92-22 since its inception in 1992. Only that inaugural season did the Blue Knights fall below .500 and they have won 20 or more games five times since 2000. Since the Mid-South formed in 1995 the Blue Raiders have a combined 63-0-2 recorded mark with the last draw coming in 2004 against Georgetown in the final MSC of the season.
The Rams who entered the game having won their last two and four of their first seven with two of the top statistical players in the NAIA and NCCAA came out with a newfound confidence of a team looking for the upset after tying or breaking program and individual records in their last three matches.
That confidence showed when Jessica Newman received the ball out wide and danced past her mark the upset alert was on. That service bounced between two LWC defenders before a missed clearance fell on the chest of NCCAA National Player of the Week Pip Pattison. The Radford, Va., native brought the ball down but her strike bent wide of the goal leaving the game scoreless.
The match would remain in the balance till 40:41 mark after back-to-back misses Mia Persson netted the opening goal giving the hosts a 1-0 lead over the Rams.
The Blue Raiders who hadn’t allowed a conference goal since Oct. 2, 2010 have shut out their last 11 regular season and last 17 overall accounting for 1,551 minutes of pure domination against their conference foes saw that record slip when freshman Jessica Newman made a tackle and charged in on the Lindsey Wilson goal where she neatly tucked the ball under Josephine Frigge at the 29:07 mark stopping the shutout streak at 1,580 minutes.
That goal not only broke the LWC shutout streak it also gave the freshman from Virginia Beach, Va., her first collegiate goal as she scored the first goal against a ranked opponent in modern history for the Rams.
The Blue Raiders responded with three more first half goals extending their lead to 6-1 at the break.
The Blue Raiders outshot the Rams 13-2 in the opening 45 minutes as Kayla Richardson made three saves between the pipes.
The second half opened with Pip Pattison in net for the Red, White & Blue. Last season the versatile midfielder made four appearances in goal earning a 1-2-0 record.
Pattison made two saves while allowing three goals in the final 45 minutes as the Rams fell 9-1.
Bluefield College returns to action on when they travel to Beckley, W.Va. to play a natural site encounter with West Virginia Tech on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. That contest will feature the last non-conference match till Oct. 27 as the Rams prepare to enter a seven game conference swing with five home contests beginning Sept. 29 against Cumberland (Tenn.).