Women's Soccer team picks up hard-earned draw vs. Columbia
Lady Rams tally first en route to 1-1 draw in conference play
Sports Information Department BC
October 8, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield- The Bluefield women's soccer team earned a well-deserved 1-1 draw against visiting Columbia College on Saturday afternoon in conference play at the East River Soccer Complex.
Coach Snow's side look different with a lineup unusual to many in Bluefield, but some changes may have been the difference maker for the Lady Rams. Bluefield's AAC opponent, Columbia, was the two teams' first-ever meeting. The Fighting Koalas were entering the match with a 7-2 record and undefeated in conference play.
dOffense was in full effect for the Lady Rams especially in the first half as they outshot Columbia 6-3 in the opening half. One of those shots was the opening goal for Bluefield. In the 34 minute, Peery won the ball near midfield, played it out wide to Stynes. The winger made a nice step-over, slotted the ball into Bell. Bell flicked it to Jahlisa Harvey who had to beat three defenders along the left flank. Harvey's pace got her behind Columbia's defense and she finished the shot for the 1-0 lead.
Bluefield's lead lasted through the half and well into the second half. Columbia finally got in behind the BC defense off a long ball, and CC had a breakaway. Pattison came off her line to cut off the near post, but Columbia's Claire Williamson tucked the ball away for the equalizer in the 66th minute.
With time to spare, Bluefield continued to pepper Columbia's goal with nine more second-half shots, while tightening it's defense allowing only four shots for CC. Unable to find the game-winner, the two teams battled through 110 minutes of action including two overtime periods resulting in a draw.
"Our defense was solid and organized. The girls finally were connected and combining passes to create opportunities", added head coach Samantha Snow.
Standard to the BC midfield, Pip Pattison got the start in goal for the Rams due to injuries on Snow's side. Pattison went the distance allowing just one goal with six total saves.
"They fought until the very end and never gave up battling for 110 minutes to get the 1-1 tie. While we continue to improve, I look to carry this momentum over into more conference play on Tuesday", added Snow.
The Lady Rams will return to action on Tuesday when they travel to play Tennessee Wesleyan in another AAC matchup.