Three score as Bluefield tops UPike, 3-1 in MSC play
Bluefield College women’s soccer picked up three important points in Mid-South Conference play on Wednesday evening, defeating Pikeville Bears by a final score of 3-1.
October 10, 2012
PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Bluefield College women’s soccer picked up three important points in Mid-South Conference play on Wednesday evening, defeating Pikeville Bears by a final score of 3-1. Pip Pattison netted the game winner while providing the opening goal in a physical contest that featured four yellow cards and a pair of ejections.
Wednesday’s game marked the first time that Bluefield (6-6-0, 2-3-0 MSC) has won two conference games in program history. The victory also moved them one win away from tying the 2008 team’s overall total of seven victories.
The match was an offensive affair, with the teams combining for 38 total shots. Bluefield was considerably more active on the offensive side, however, hitting 26 shots compared to Pikeville’s 12. Pip Pattison and Callan Camin combined for 11 of the Rams attempts while Katelyn Abdon led the way for UPike with four attempts.
Bluefield dominated much of the early possession, pressuring the Bears on multiple occasions. The early pressure paid off when Pip Pattison beat her mark and made it to the byline where she slipped a pointed pass to a wide open Jessica Newman where the freshman from Virginia Beach, Va., put the finishing touch to give BC a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute.
As the game wore on the physical play earned Jessica Dutka and Pip Pattison yellow card cautions two minutes apart in the 42nd and 44th minutes respectively.
Despite outshooting the hosts 10-5 through the first half, Bluefield held the single goal advantage at the break.
After the halftime Pattison turned from giver to taker as she stole the ball from Pikeville’s keeper Chelsea Schulte in the first minute after the break. Pattison went uncontested as she scored her team-leading 13th goal of the season giving BC a 2-0 lead at the 45:59 mark.
“We give a lot of teams problems when we put them under pressure,” said Head Coach Chase Neidig. “We started the second half on a great note as a team and Pip received the benefits.”
Following that goal the 11th ranked player in the NAIA in saves per game (9.6), Chelsea Schulte earned a yellow card caution of her own for dissent as she argued with the referee as the game continued to be physical.
That physical play spilled over on the Rams next corner kick in the 52nd minute as Enajah Winbush and Whitney Anderson became entangled behind the play resulting in ejections for both teams.
Playing with 10 players the rest of the game each team made tactical changes while Coach Neidig began using his limited number of substitutes.
Olivia Gipson brought the Bears back within one when she danced past an unsuspecting defense and slotted a shot past Kayla Richardson, making the score 2-1 in favor of the Rams.
Bluefield continued to dominate the match looking for the decisive third goal as they forced Schulte into nine second half saves.
Freire picked the ball up from the right wing and carried it across the field where she lined up a left footed strike to the back post for her first goal of the season in the 74th minute giving BC a 3-1 advantage.
For the sophomore from New Bedford, Mass., it marked her fifth of her career but first since Oct. 22, 2012, a game the Rams lost 3-2 to Montreat (N.C.). This goal put the Rams out of reach as the back line of Dakota Duckworth, Missy Baines, Ashley Moreno, and Nicole Bradley along with Kayla Richardson in goal cleaned up the few chances that remained chances to give BC the 3-1 victory.
The Rams return to action when they host St. Catharine (Ky.) on Saturday at East River Soccer Complex for a Mid-South Conference match. The game scheduled to kickoff at 1 p.m. will be followed by the men’s game.