Women's soccer drops two matches in Georgia
Women's Soccer drops two matches (Friday and Saturday) on a road trip to Georgia
Sports Information Department BC
September 26, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield, Virginia- The Bluefield women's soccer team dropped two matches over the weekend in Georgia, falling to Division III side, Piedmont College 2-0 and AAC-member, Reinhardt College 5-0.
On Friday night, Bluefield faced undefeated Piedmont College. The Lady Rams gave up an early goal within the first eight minutes for the 3rd straight match. The goal was miscommunication in the midfield and poor individual defending. Piedmont's second goal came again from miscommunication and poor individual defending.
While down two goals to none, BC continued to play strong and had chances on net, forcing Piedmont's keeper to make a few saves in goal. One chance hit the cross bar in first half. Second half, Missy Hubert was red carded on the 55min mark after a tackle from behind resulted in her second yellow.
As a result, BC would have to play the last 35 minutes a player down and still had chances on goal. Even with a player down, the Lady Rams kept Piedmont scoreless in the second half. Tracy Muncy came up with 10 big saves, coming off her line several times.
"Even though the final result doesn't show it, we played one of our best games all year on Friday", expressed head coach Samantha Snow. "Just a shame it takes us 20/25 minutes to get a rhythm going- comes with experience."
The second match arrived just 18 hours later against conference opponent, Reinhardt.
After a physical and demanding game Friday night, the Lady Rams started well against Reinhardt keeping them scoreless for first 24 minutes. BC had momentum for the next ten minutes, and kept the ball in Reinhardt's defensive half. Two chances came off corner kicks in the first half, one which was off the crossbar and had crossed the line. The center official waived the goal off stating it hadn't broke the plane.
Bluefield would lose two key players to injury late in the match, while a third starter was sitting out due to a red card in the previous match (Hubert). Reinhardt tallied three times in a span of several minutes, and the last two goals came after Bluefield pushed numbers forward late in the match trying to put away a lone goal.
During the road trip, the Lady Rams took an extra day to refuel after an exhausting few weeks of games. Bluefield was able to take in a Georgia-South Carolina women's soccer game as well (2-1 UGA win).
Head coach Samantha Snow planned the trip knowing the mid-way point would be a crucial time to get her squad back on track. "This was a great opportunity for a girls to just relax and bond with one another. We have a week to rest before playing Union this Saturday. We have five conference games left and the ladies are feeling confident after this weekend- we have been a second half team the majority of our games so second half of season should go well. They're ready for it."