Rams open MSC slate in style with record breaking 8-1 victory
Rams win in dominating fashion as five score in 8-1 thrashing of Cumberlands to open Mid-South Conference play.
September 12, 2012
WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Pip Pattison scored three times to lead five different scorers as Bluefield College beat University of the Cumberlands 8-1 in the team’s opener in the Mid-South Conference play on Wednesday afternoon.
Pattison opened the Rams account when she found freshman Enajah Winbush just over seven minutes into the match for a 1-0 lead.
Bluefield and Cumberlands would battle over the next 17 minutes till junior Callan Camin found Pattison for the fourth straight match giving BC a 2-0 lead at the 24:40 mark.
Pattison finished her own rebound off a Camin corner kick five minutes later giving Bluefield a dominating 3-0 lead with under 15 minutes remaining in the opening 45 minutes.
Junior Jahlisa Harvey came off the bench to provide an instant spark as she pounced on a threw ball from midfield. The Pompano Beach, Fla., native raced behind the Patriots back line and beat Brittany Howard opening the visitors advantage to four (4-0) at the 31:25 mark.
The Rams would end the half holding a 8-7 advantage in shots but it was the steady play of junior Kayla Richardson who turned away a Patriot chance with a fingertip save at the closing minutes of the half. Richardson closed the half with five of her six saves on the afternoon.
Camin and Pattison opened the second half in style. Camin a junior from Beachwood, Ohio, sent a ball to the back post on one of the Rams five corner kicks on the day. Pattison rose above a crowd of defenders to head home her third goal of the day – 10th of the season at the 47:40 mark.
Head Coach Chase Neidig began to empty the Rams limited bench and played all 17 available players, but it was junior center back Missy Baines who got in the scoring column in the 73 minute. Harvey who beat her mark in the box was brought down earning the Rams a spot kick. Baines easily converted the penalty kick giving BC its largest lead (6-0) of the year and largest since defeating Mary Baldwin College, 7-2, on August 30, 2008. That season the Rams went a program best 7-12-0. Since Neidig took over the program in June, Bluefield College has won three of its first six games, scored more goals than all of last season, and won more games than it did in 2011.
Freshman Kori Koerwitz joined the party with a freak goal in the 74th minute as the Rams scored just over 60 seconds after Baines converted the penalty. The Las Vegas, Nev., native smashed a bouncing ball from near midfield that beat Howard at the back post for a dominating 7-0 lead.
The Patriots got on the board when Briana Parrish got behind the Rams defense and slotted a ball to the back post against a charging Tori Duncan at the 83:10 mark.
Jahlisa Harvey made quick work to return the Rams to a seven goal advantage when she picked a Patriot defenders pocket and darted in on goal where she scored her second of the game just 22 seconds later as Bluefield built the final 8-1 advantage.
For the game the Rams outshot the hosts 21-11 and held a 14-7 edge in shots on goal. The Rams and Patriots were even in corner kicks 5-5.
The Rams 8-1 victory marked the first Mid-South Conference victory in their first game since moving the NAIA DI conference after 10 years in the Appalachia Athletic Conference. It also marked the first conference victory since the Rams defeated AAC foe, Montreat, 2-1 on Oct. 7, 2009.