LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Agnes Scott soccer finished off their most difficult stretch of the season with two close losses on the road in USA South Conference play this weekend, dropping a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime decision to Maryville on Friday before falling, 2-0, to league-leader Covenant College on Saturday.
In the match against Maryville, the Scotties fared much better than the first time the two teams met, when Maryville raced to quick goals in the first half and rolled to a 4-0 victory. Maryville (7-6-1, 7-3-1 USA South) scored first once again, as Natasha Enrique put the Scots on the board in the 24th minute. Agnes Scott (4-9-1, 2-8-1 USA South) would be the team to benefit from a quick goal this time around, though, as Nia Coates scored just 55 seconds into the second half off of a rebound that came off the crossbar, leveling the match at 1-1.
The game would remain tied through regulation, as Iara Moran had an incredible 14 saves in the contest, fending off several scoring opportunities from Maryville. In the overtime, however, Casey Gentile would find the back off the goal just one minute in, and send the Scotties to their seventh-straight defeat.
Against Covenant (13-2, 11-1 USA South), the Scotties used a strong defensive effort to thwart the league-leader through 52 minutes, but two quick goals in the second half would all Covenant would need in a typical low-scoring affair for the Scots. Covenant has now gone six consecutive games without a goal scored against them. Their opponents are averaging just 0.40 goals per game.
The Scotties have now played eight consecutive games against the top four teams in the USA South's West Division, and will look to rebound in their final three matches, as they face off with three teams with whom they went a combined 2-0-1 during the first half of the season. Next up for the Scotties, who currently sit in a tie for fifth place in the West, is a road match with Wesleyan College (Ga.), who sit in seventh. The match will take place on Wednesday, October 19, at 5:00 p.m. on the campus of Wesleyan College.