ATLANTA, Ga.—An early goal from sophomore Nia Coates (Pooler, Ga.) was not enough for Agnes Scott to taste victory on the opening day of competition as host Oglethorpe staged a two-goal comeback to down the Scotties 2-1 on Friday night.
Coates opened the scoring just 11 minutes into regulation as the sensational sophomore connected on a series of threaded passes with junior Zoey Perchaluk (Fort Erie, Ont.). The two combined to split the defense on two separate occasions in the Scotties' offense half before Coates put the burners on to set up a one-on-one with the Oglethorpe keeper. Agnes Scott's top returner scorer obliged with a perfectly placed fading ball into the left corner of the net to put the visitors on top.
The momentum was short-lived however, as the Stormy Petrels battled right back with an equalizer in the 17th minute. A long ball off a set piece was deflected by Iara Moran (Marietta, Ga.), but the ball stayed dangerous as Maddie Cornell (Dallas, Ga.) crashed hard on the rebound and finished off the play with a poke.
Cornell, a freshman, was a catalyst for the Stormy Petrels again just 15 minutes later. The midfielder struck a firm ball over the heart of the goal where Medina Besic (Jacksonville, Fla.) was able to get enough on it to squirt past the outstretched arms of Moran.
The home side held a 12-1 shot advantage in the first half, as Agnes Scott capitalized on its only attempt of the half to make it a one-goal game after 45 minutes.
Oglethorpe controlled the shot count in the second half as well, but Moran made a handful of nifty saves to keep the Scotties within striking distance.
On the other end of the field, Agnes Scott had its moments of putting stress on the home team but three shots were managed by Lindsey Bolas (Troy, Mich.) to notch the first career win in net for the freshman from Oglethorpe. Moran made 11 stops for the Scotties to drop to 0-1 on the season.
The Scotties will look to get into the win column when their lengthy road trip to begin the year continues on Tuesday at Birmingham Southern. The Panthers dropped their season opener to USA South foe Piedmont, 2-1 in overtime on Friday.